Lake Manyara National Park

Signature safari*Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks. This used to be a special character of the park which is not the case today. Regarded as Africa’s largest, huge herds of baboons are expected by most of the travelers.

Bird watching in Manyara
Birds have a varying life experience within this park. Flocks of pelicans and pink shading of distant flamingos are usually spotted in the middle of the lake. While the spoonbills, egrets, herons, stalks and other waders converge around the edges and water meadows. The captivating species will be viewed in the evergreen forests. The woodlands yield a lot. Examples here include, crowned eagles, created guinea fowl, and the noisy silvery cheeked hornbills

Park Entrance and Access
In only 1 hour and 30 minutes you are able to reach Lake Manyara National Park by road from Arusha and in less than an hour still, if you are coming from the Ngorongoro crater. Bits of the northern part of the park get very busy more so in the afternoon. You are advised to stay within the park or just nearby it for two nights for you to enjoy viewing it to its fullest. You then enter the park for a complete day safari.

Two main gates, that is in the north and the south make up the 2 main entrances to Lake Manyara National Park. The northern gate has a number of accommodations located along it hence making it very busy as most of the visitors opt to use the northern part of the park. As you move towards the far south, the gate is rarely used as it usually has controlled access. Just a few lodges and camps are permitted to use this gate.

Behind the splendid scenery of the Great Rift Valley’s steep escarpment in the west is the narrow area that safeguards the area between the escarpment and Lake Manyara. The silvery bowls of salt deposits facilitate the ability of the alkaline Lake Manyara to expand contract with the seasons. Grassy floodplains neighbor it so closely while bands of mixed acacia woodlands in the far end. There are also patches of ever green forests next to the escarpment. These are kept going by the perennial underground waters coming from the bottom of the escarpment.