5 reasons to visit Lake Manyara national park
5 reasons to visit Lake Manyara national park : Lake Manyara national park is a wildlife viewing destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania.
- Tree climbing lions
The national park is known for sightings of the rare tree climbing lions which can be seen during safaris around Lake Manyara national park. There are other wildlife species which are found in the national park and they include elephants, hippos, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, baboons, black and white monkeys, bushbucks, waterbucks and many others.
Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara national park can be done at different times of the year although the dry season from June to October is recommended for a safari at the destination. Many tourists visit the national park to see its different wildlife species and also to engage in different activities at the destination.
The different reasons why lions climb trees around Lake Manyara national park include avoiding insect bites, protection from attacks by buffalos or elephants, getting shade from the heat of the sun, to observe their prey from the tree branches and many other reasons.
Tree climbing lions can also be seen in Queen Elizabeth national park in the south western part of Uganda. Park entrance fees of about 53 USD for nonresidents and 17.7 USD for children are among the requirements to be allowed access into Lake Manyara national park.
During safaris around Lake Manyara national park, different bird species can also be seen at the destination and this also includes the flamingos.
Flocks of flamingos can be seen along the shores of Lake Manyara which is a shallow alkaline lake found in the national park. The lake covers about two thirds of the national park and is a major attraction at the destination.
There are about 400 other bird species found in Lake Manyara national park and they include African spoonbill, crowned eagle, hornbills, silvery cheeked hornbills, pied kingfishers, grey crowned cranes, martial eagles, barbets, pelicans.
The different locations where birds can be seen around Lake Manyara national park include the forests, along the shores of Lake Manyara, around the grasslands, and the acacia woodlands that make up the scenery of Lake Manyara national park.
The time of the year which is recommended for bird watching is during the months of November to April when there are migrant birds in Lake Manyara national park.
- Nocturnal game drives
Lake Manyara national park is among the national parks of Tanzania which offers night game drives during safaris.
The game drives involve searching for nocturnal wildlife species such as lions, leopards, hippos and many others in the wilderness of Lake Manyara national park. A spot light is also used to light the way during the night game drives while looking out for the nocturnal wildlife species.
Safaris around Lake Manyara national park also involve engaging in game drives during the morning and also in the afternoon or evening. Many wildlife species can be spotted around the national park during morning game drives since the wildlife species such as antelopes, zebras, giraffes among others are easy to see.
Other activities which are carried out during safaris around Lake Manyara national park include guided nature walks, bird watching, canopy walks along the treetop walkway, community visits to the Maasai villages among others.
The canopy walks in Lake Manyara national park are carried out close to the northern park entrance along a suspended bridge which is 18 meters off the ground. This activity is carried out in the forested area in the national park and tourists during the canopy walk enjoy seeing different bird species and views of the rest of the national park.
Another way to explore the beauty of Lake Manyara national park is by engaging in guided nature walks in the national park. This activity also involves seeing the wildlife species closely on foot in remote parts of the national park in the company of a ranger guide. Tourists also get a close experience with their natural surroundings in Lake Manyara national park.
- Diverse habitat
Lake Manyara national park is also made up of diverse scenery and consists of forest, grasslands, acacia woodland, and also a shallow alkaline lake. The national park is found in the rift valley and is home to the different wildlife species.
A number of attractions are also found in Lake Manyara national park and they include lake Manyara, the treetop walkway, wildlife species and bird species, tree climbing lions, flamingos and many others.
Lake Manyara national park is part of the northern tourist circuit which consists of other wildlife viewing destinations such as Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park and the Ngorongoro conservation area.
Getting to Lake Manyara national park during safaris around Tanzania can be done by flight to Lake Manyara airstrip and also by driving from Arusha town.
The lodges and tented camps around Lake Manyara national park where tourists can stay during their safaris include luxury lodges, midrange lodges and budget lodges. There are also accommodations found in the neighboring towns.
- Maasai people
Lake Manyara national park safaris also involve visits to the local communities around the national park such as in Mto wa mbu town which is located on the way to the national park.
The Maasai people are among the locals living in Mto wa mbu town and they are known for their unique culture and way of life. During visits to the Maasai village, tourists enjoy interacting with the locals and get to know about their way of life, visit the traditional homesteads built with mud and sticks and enclosed in thorn fences.
The Maasai are also known for depending on their livestock like cattle, goats and sheep for survival. Another unique factor about the Maasai is their way of dressing and also their beaded jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets made in different colors.
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