Lake Manyara national park safari tours

Lake Manyara national park safari tours

Lake Manyara national park safari tours  : Lake Manyara national park is a Tanzania safari destination found in the northern part of Tanzania and is home to the tree climbing lions and also flamingos.

This national park is also a good bird watching destination with about 400 bird species that can be seen while engaging in a safari around Lake Manyara national park. There is so much beauty to explore while on a safari around Lake Manyara national park.

Park entrance fee is among the requirements for safaris to Lake Manyara national park and it is 59 USD in the peak season and 53 USD in the low season for nonresidents.

What is there to do in Lake Manyara national park?

Night game drives

Lake Manyara national park is among the national parks of Tanzania where you get an experience of a night game drive while on safari.

The night game drives are an exciting activity during a Lake Manyara safari and some of the wildlife species which can be spotted during the game drive include predators like lions, leopards, hyenas as well as hippos. A spot light helps to spot the wildlife species in the dark as you enjoy the night game drive.

Day game drives

You can also enjoy searching for the tree climbing lions during a day game drive around Lake Manyara national park. Some of the wildlife species are more active in the morning and can be spotted as they roam around the national park.

During the afternoon game drives, herds of elephants as well as giraffes, zebras, hippos, waterbucks, gazelles, impalas, warthogs, lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos among others. Water points are a good place to spot the wildlife species during a safari especially in the dry season when they tend to gather around to drink.

For safaris around Lake Manyara national park the dry season (June to October) is a good time to see various wildlife species. The national park can also be visited at any other time of the year for safaris. Although small in size, Lake Manyara national park is a must visit destination during your safari to Tanzania because of its diverse habitat and also various wildlife species.

Lake Manyara national park safari tours
Night Game Drives in Lake Manyara national park

Canoeing

On the waters of Lake Manyara, you can enjoy a canoe ride and spot various bird species such as flamingos and spot wildlife species like hippos, buffalos, elephants, giraffes among others along the shorelines.

When the waters of Lake Manyara are sufficient, you can enjoy the canoe ride which can take about 2 hours. You can also enjoy the beautiful views around the park during your canoe ride on Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara is a soda lake which covers a big part of Lake Manyara national park.

Walking safaris

Walking safaris are also done around Lake Manyara national park and you get to enjoy walking around the different trails such as a walk close to the lake shores where you can spot flamingos, through the forest, following the Msara trail which is good for bird watchers, the Lake shore trail which starts from the hot springs and provide a good opportunity to see flamingos.

There is another trail for walking safaris around Lake Manyara national park follows a rocky path where wildlife species can be spotted along the way as well as birds. These walking Tanzania safaris around the trains in the national park can take about 2 to 3 hours.

A guide accompanies you during the walking safaris around Lake Manyara national park and helps to track the wildlife species such as elephants among others.

Canopy walks

You can also engage in a canopy walk along a suspended bridge through the forest in Lake Manyara national park.

The canopy walk takes place along a 370 meter board walk and the activity is done in the northern part of Lake Manyara national park. The treetop walkway offers you a bird’s eye view of the rest of the national park from the suspended bridge.

The canopy walkway is about 18 meters off the ground and the bridge is suspended between trees. The activity can take about 1 hour and is an exciting safari experience which can be done on any day as you engage in a safari around Tanzania as you adventure around the treetops of Lake Manyara national park.

Lake Manyara national park safari tours
canopy walks in lake manyara

Cultural tours

Cultural tours in Mto wa mbu town are also part of the safari experience during Lake Manyara tours. A number of cultures can be encountered in this town where you can get a taste of the banana beer which is made by the locals.

About 120 tribes live in Mto wa mbu town which makes it a cultural hotspot with a variety of languages spoken. The town is located a short drive from Lake Manyara national park and during a tour around Mto wa mbu, you can also enjoy seeing local arts and crafts.

The Maasai people are among the cultures to encounter during a safari to Mto wa mbu town and during these cultural tours, you get to learn more about the various cultures and interact with the locals, enjoy traditional dance performances, visiting the homesteads and also getting to know more about the way of life of the locals.

Bird watching is another activity which you can engage in during a safari to Lake Manyara national park which is home to the flamingos that can be seen along the shores of Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara national park safari tours
cultural tours in lake manyara

How to get there

Lake Manyara national park is accessed by driving and is located about 130 kilometers from Arusha town. Another way to get to the national park is by flight from Arusha airport or Kilimanjaro international airport to Lake Manyara airstrip.

Domestic flights can be got from Arusha airport to Lake Manyara airstrip. There are a number of airlines which offer flights to Lake Manyara national park  and these flights can be twice a day from Arusha airport to Lake Manyara airstrip.

Visit Lake Manyara national park and enjoy a safari tour as you search for various wildlife species in the grass plains.

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