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Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a scenic gem with a compact game-viewing circuit through the National Park providing a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
Lake Manyara National Park stretches for 50km along the base of 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside and blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, home to thousands of flamingos, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffe.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Keen Birders will enjoy the birdlife of Lake Manyara National park, more than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.
Most visitors to Lake Manyara National Park visit on a short half day game drive on route between Arusha and the Ngorongoro Crater making the more accessible parts of the park very busy.
A Safari in Lake Manyara National Park combines superbly in a Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit with the Serengeti Game Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Excellellent connections by air with Zanzibar make it possible to round off a journey of a lifetime with a few days in Zanzibar.
In our opinion Lake Manyara National Park is worth a half day visit to see the Flamingos and primates that are not necessarily seen on other parts of the Northern Circuit, but, from a general game viewing aspect will probably find the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti more rewarding. The less accessible and much quieter south of the park where night drives and game walks will enhance your trip is worth a longer visit possibly staying at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge or Lemala Manyara Camp .