Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara national park

Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara national park

Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara National Park

Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara national park: Lake Manyara national park is a wildlife viewing destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania and south west from Arusha. A safari is defined as an expedition to observe wildlife species in their natural habitat. There are various wildlife viewing activities which tourists can engage in during their safaris in Lake Manyara national park.

Entrance fees are paid by tourists on safari to Lake Manyara national park in order to be allowed entry into the national park and it varies according to foreign residents, nonresidents and East Africans. The fees paid by nonresidents visiting the national park are 53 USD while east Africans pay in Tanzania shillings (TSH).

Safaris to Lake Manyara national park also include visits to other national parks in the northern part of Tanzania such as Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park and Ngorongoro conservation area.

The northern part of Tanzania is known among tourists and is a popular wildlife viewing destination where a variety of wildlife species can be seen such as the big five which includes lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos.

Lake Manyara national park is a destination where some of the big five can be seen during wildlife viewing experiences as well as other wildlife species which include giraffes, antelopes, hippos, baboon, monkeys, warthogs, hyenas, zebras, gazelles, impalas, klipspringers among others.

Tourists from different parts of the world visit Lake Manyara national park to enjoy the wildlife viewing experiences and to see its unique attractions such as the rare tree climbing lions as well as elephants.

Many exciting activities take place in Lake Manyara national park as tourists enjoy seeing the wildlife species and the beautiful landscapes and they include the following;

Game drives

Among the popular wildlife viewing activities in Lake Manyara national park are game drives which involve driving around the national park in search of the various wildlife species while following different tracks. The game drives take place at different times of day and they include morning game drives, afternoon or evening game drives, night game drives as well as full day game drives.

Wildlife viewing during morning game drives in Lake Manyara national park is a rewarding activity since the wildlife are active and can easily be seen as they graze and roam around the savannah plains in the national park. 

Afternoon or evening game drives also take place in Lake Manyara national park and wildlife sightings at this time of day are less as compared to wildlife viewing during morning game drives.  

Tourists visiting Lake Manyara national park can also engage in night game drives which take place in the company of a ranger guide. These game drives are good for seeing the nocturnal species and for also filming the wildlife and also for photography. 

Full day game drives also take place in Lake Manyara national park and they involve driving around the national park the whole day while exploring the various habitats of the wildlife and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Nature walks

Another wildlife viewing activity which tourists visiting Lake Manyara national park can engage in are nature walks.  This form of wildlife viewing involves exploring the national park on foot and following different trails.

Tourists engaging in nature walks follow trails such as the treetop walkway and the Majimoto walkway. The treetop walkway leads into the forest where tourists walk along a bridge and enjoy views of the canopy and also see monkeys and various bird species.

Guides accompany tourists as they explore the national park following different walking trails in search of wildlife and bird species. This experience gives the tourists a close encounter with the natural habitat.

Birding

Birding experiences in Lake Manyara national park take place along the lake areas, in the forest as well as the flood plain area. Both migrant and native bird species can also be seen during a wildlife viewing experience at this destination.

The bird species which can be seen include flamingos along the shores of Lake Manyara, grey crowned cranes, pelicans, herons, silvery cheeked hornbills, weavers, yellow billed storks, starlings, black-faced sand grouse, crowned plovers, long-tailed fiscal among others.

Canoeing 

When the water levels are high enough, tourists viewing Lake Manyara national park for wildlife viewing adventures can also engage in canoe rides or boat rides. These boat rides are good for seeing the attractions in the national park such as hippos in the shallow part of the lake as well as various bird species and also views of the rift valley escarpment.

Community visits

On the way to Lake Manyara national park, tourists can engage in community visits in Mto wa Mbu town. During these visits, the tourists interact with the local community and get to know more about their nomadic way of life.

Community visits also involve visiting the traditional homesteads of the Maasai known as “manyattas”, joining in the traditional dance performances by the Maasai warriors, seeing local art and crafts such as beaded necklaces, earrings, sandals, belts, anklets among others.

Other activities during community visits include visiting the local market in the company of a guide.

Wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara national park
Wildlife viewing

How to get to Lake Manyara national park

To engage in the various wildlife viewing activities in Lake Manyara national park, tourists can access the destination by either road or air means.

  • By road, tourists can begin their safaris from Arusha and then drive to Mto wa mbu and later continue to the entrance gates of Lake Manyara national park.
  • By air, tourists can fly to Lake Manyara airstrip by using the different airline operators that offer flights to this destination such as Coastal aviation, Air Excel, Regional air among others. 

Different attractions can also be seen during wildlife viewing experiences in Lake Manyara national park and these include;

  • Wildlife and bird species of a variety are among the attractions that tourists visiting Lake Manyara national park can enjoy during their wildlife viewing experiences. Wildlife species include the rare tree climbing lions, herds of elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, zebras, klipspringers among others.
  • Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake which can also be seen during wildlife viewing adventures in Lake Manyara national park. This lake covers a big part of the national park and is also a good place for bird watching.
  • The diverse scenery around Lake Manyara national park is another amazing part of the wildlife viewing activities at this destination. The park consists of savannah plains, flood plains, woodlands which act as habitat for the wildlife species. The rift valley escarpment can also be seen during safaris in this national park.

There are also various accommodation facilities where tourists visiting lake Manyara national park can enjoy their stay and these include luxury accommodations, midrange accommodations and budget accommodations.

The lodges and camps are found both in and around lake Manyara national park and they include lake Manyara Sopa lodge, Twiga lodge, Lake Manyara tortilis camp, lake Manyara Serena lodge, kirurumu tented lodge, Migunga tented camp among others.

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