Night Game Drives in Lake Manyara national park
Night game drives in Lake Manyara national park are among the activities which tourists on safari engage in at the destination which is located south west of Arusha in the northern part of Tanzania.
During the night game drive in Lake Manyara national park, nocturnal wildlife species such as predators can be seen by the tourists as they continue to drive around the national park and enjoy the moonlight.
An expert ranger guide accompanies the tourists during their night game drives in the diverse habitat of the wildlife species such as genets, civet cats, porcupines, leopards, hippos as well as lions by the road side.
This national park has a diverse eco system which makes it ideal for night game viewing and a unique experience around the destination. There is an all year water supply in Lake Manyara national park which attracts wildlife species to drink at the different water points.
Night game drives in Lake Manyara national park follow routes such as driving into the forest and then continue to the lake area where tourists can see hippos. This activity gives a unique perspective of the rest of the national park at night during the game drive.
Lions which are part of the big five can also be spotted during the night game drives in Lake Manyara national park since they are active during the night and during the day they are not easily spotted since they are resting.
Game viewing which is an all year round activity in this national park is best done in Lake Manyara national park during the dry season in the months of June to October when the grass is shorter and the wildlife can easily be seen in the savannah plains. The road conditions are also favorable during the dry season making the game drives an amazing experience.
When visiting Lake Manyara national park for wildlife viewing experiences, tourists can also engage in other game drives which take place at other times of day and these include the following;
Morning game drives
Game drives during the morning are very rewarding since the wildlife species can easily be seen and are very active at this time of day and they include elephants, buffalos, hippos, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, klipspringers, zebras, giraffes and many others.
Lake Manyara national park is famous for its large herds of elephants as well as for tree climbing lions which are rare and can be seen in the trees as tourists drive around the savannah plains and acacia woodlands at the destination.
Afternoon or evening game drives
Tourists can also enjoy afternoon game drives to explore the wilderness of the national park in search of the different wildlife species which graze around the savannah plains and acacia woodlands.
The floodplains and lake shores of the shallow alkaline lake which is known for covering a big part of the national park are some of the locations where tourists can see the different wildlife and bird species at the destination.
Some of the views which tourists can enjoy during their safaris to this destination include views of the rift valley escarpment.
Full day game drives
Full day game drives in Lake Manyara national park involve exploring the wilderness of the national park in search of the different wildlife species the whole day. This activity starts with morning game drives and continues for the rest of the day.
Tourists can enjoy seeing the wildlife species such as buffalos, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, impalas among others and also observe their behavior at different times of day while enjoying the diverse scenery and engaging in photography.
This game drive also gives tourists an opportunity to get different wildlife viewing experiences throughout the course of the day.
Apart from night game drives, tourists can also engage in other activities in Lake Manyara national park during their safaris and these include the following;
Nature walks are also part of the activities which tourist can engage in during their visits to Lake Manyara national park. This activity involves walking around the tracks in the national park and getting a close interaction with the natural surroundings.
The trails followed by tourists during their nature walks in Lake Manyara national park include the treetop walkway which leads into the forest in the northern part of the national park near the entrance gate.
Different bird species as well as wildlife species like elephants, monkeys, and buffalos can be seen during a nature walk along the treetop walkway in Lake Manyara national park.
Canoe rides take place along Lake Manyara which covers a big part of the national park and is a good way to see the rest of the attractions in the national park from the comfort of the boat or canoe.
The many bird species which can be seen in different parts of Lake Manyara national park have favored bird watching at the destination. This activity is best done during the wet season around November to march when the migrant bird species are present and the native birds are breeding.
In lake Manyara national park, bird species can be seen around the shores of lake Manyara especially flamingos in big numbers. Other parts of the national park where different bird species can be seen include the forest as well as the floodplains.
Some of the bird species which can be seen in Lake Manyara national park include ashy starlings, rufous tailed weavers, black collared lovebirds, crowned plovers, grey crowned cranes, Fischer’s sparrow lark, black faced sand grouse, hornbills, cormorants and many others.
Mto wa mbu town is a town on the way to lake Manyara national park where tourists can have a stop for a cultural experience or a community visit. This activity involves interactions between the tourists and the local community which consists of diverse cultures such as the Maasai people.
Activities carried out by tourists during their community visits in Mto wa mbu town include visiting the “manyattas”, visiting the kraals of the Maasai where livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats are kept, participating in traditional dance performances with the Maasai warriors, seeing local art and crafts such as beaded necklaces, earrings, anklets made in different colors.
The Maasai also make sandals as well as belts which they display in craft shops around the town. During community visits, tourists can also visit the local market in the company of a village guide as they move among the market stalls.