Lake Manyara national park safari

Lake Manyara national park safari

Lake Manyara national park is among the safari destinations located in the northern part of Tanzania. It is a safari destination in Tanzania where you can see the tree climbing lions during a game viewing experience. These lions can be spotted during a safari as they lie in the tree branches especially during the day time.

Many other wildlife species are found in the park of Tanzania and these include elephants, baboons, zebras, warthogs, waterbucks, giraffes, dik dik, impalas, hippos, buffalos as well as a variety of bird species. The best time for wildlife viewing in the national park is the dry season around June to October.

During a safari in the park, some of the birds which can be spotted include flamingos commonly sighted along the shores of Lake Manyara. The national park is a good birding destination in Tanzania and is visited by many bird lovers during their wildlife safaris in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara national park despite its small size offers amazing wildlife viewing all through the year and is also located 130 kilometers from Arusha town. A number of activities are also carried out during safaris to the national park.

Night game drives are among the activities that you can engage in as you explore the savannah plains of the park and look out for the nocturnal wildlife species around the destination. This activity in Tanzania is unique and is carried out in a few other destinations around the country. The wildlife species which can be spotted during night game drives include predators like lions, leopards, porcupines among others. After the sunsets you enjoy driving around the wilderness and searching for the various nocturnal wildlife species and also experiencing life in the national park after dark.

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

You can also engage in a day game drive during your safari in Lake Manyara national park as you drive around the diverse habitat and look out for wildlife species such as elephants, zebras, waterbucks, hippos, buffalos, giraffes, impalas, gazelles among others. These day game drives can be done in the morning or in the afternoon, can take a full day or a half day of experiencing the diverse habitat of the park.

The different types of safaris which can be done around Lake Manyara national park include group safaris and also individual safaris. Different tour operators also offer safaris to the national park as well as other destinations in Tanzania.

Walking safaris or nature walks are also done during Tanzania wildlife safaris around Lake Manyara national park and they give a closer view of the surroundings in the national park and its attractions. You can also learn how to track the wildlife species in the national park with the help of your ranger guide who provides information about the national park and its various wildlife species and where to find them, their behavior among other facts.

The diverse scenery of Lake Manyara national park consists of savannah plains, forest, acacia woodland and also an alkaline lake which covers a bog part of the national park and is known as Lake Manyara.

Another activity which is carried out during Lake Manyara national park safaris is canopy walks. This activity is done in the forest of the national park found not far from the main entrance of the national park. During this activity, the visitors walk along a treetop walkway and enjoy views around the national park as they walk on a bridge that is about 18 meters of the ground and about 370 meters long. Bird species can be seen along the way as you engage in the canopy walk and wildlife species can also be encountered like waterbucks, elephants, black and white colobus monkeys among others.

Cultural tours in Mto wa mbu can also be carried out on your way to the park for a wildlife safari. There are various tribes in the town and you can interact with these locals and get to know more about their cultures and way of life, see local arts and crafts, get to learn how to prepare a traditional dish, enjoy traditional dance performances, engage in cycling around the town, visiting the homesteads among other activities.

With over 450 bird species bird lovers can also enjoy birding excursions during their safaris in the park and some of the birds that can be spotted include flamingos, hornbills, crowned eagles, herons, pelicans, storks and many others. The best time to see these birds is from November to April.

Lake Manyara national park safari
Birding in Lake Manyara National Park

Canoeing is also carried out on Lake Manyara during safaris in the national park and is a unique way to see wildlife species around the national park and also flamingos along the shores of the lake. This activity can take up to about 2 to 3 hours on the lake.

During a safari in Tanzania, you can access the park by driving and also by flight. The national park is about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours’ drive from Arusha town which is a starting point for safaris around the northern part of Tanzania.

Flights to Tanzania can be got to Kilimanjaro international airport for a safari to the northern tourist circuit where the park is located. There are also domestic flights to Lake Manyara airstrip.

Visit Lake Manyara national park and enjoy seeing many wildlife species during your safari in Tanzania.

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