Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park is situated in the northern region of Tanzania, just 126 kilometres west of Arusha. Spanning 330 km², it features a stunning alkaline lake at its core that serves as a refuge for numerous bird species. During the period from November to April, the lake’s shores become a magnet for thousands of greater and lesser pink flamingos, as well as yellow-billed storks, pink-backed pelicans, and groups of hippos!

The park boasts diverse landscapes, including marshlands, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, creating a habitat for tree-climbing lions and elephants with impressive tusks. Visitors can explore the Maji Moto hot springs and immerse themselves in warm, crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush trees.

The park also offers a unique point to witness the Rift Valley Escarpment, a remarkable geological formation that reaches a staggering 400 metres in height. Formed approximately 20 to 25 million years ago, this rift runs along the eastern side of Africa, adding to the park’s allure and providing an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts.

Itinerary

Morning6:00 AM

Start your drive from Arusha early to maximize wildlife sightings. Have breakfast at your accommodation or pack a breakfast to enjoy on the go.

Morning6:30 AM - 9:00 AM

We will begin your wildlife safari by heading towards the Lake Manyara shoreline. This is where you’ll find the alkaline lake, home to thousands of flamingoes. Keep your binoculars ready to observe these elegant birds wading in the shallows, painting the lake pink with their presence.

Midday9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

After observing the flamingos, we venture deeper into the park’s diverse habitats. We will drive through the acacia woodlands in search of the famous tree-climbing lions that Lake Manyara is known for. While sightings are never guaranteed, the park’s lions have a reputation for lounging in the branches of the acacia trees. Additionally, keep watch for other wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, and diverse bird species.

Lunch12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Enjoy a packed lunch at one of the picnic sites within the park. Take this time to relax and appreciate the natural surroundings while keeping an eye out for any wildlife that may be nearby.

Afternoon1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We continue the wildlife exploration by driving through different sections of the park such as the groundwater forest, where you might encounter troops of baboons, blue monkeys, and bushbucks.

Evening4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

As the day winds down, we make our way back towards the park entrance, keeping an eye out for any last-minute wildlife sightings along the way

Evening6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Return to your accommodation, end of tour.

Note: This itinerary is customizable based on your preferences and interests. Additional activities such as guided walks or cultural visits can be arranged upon request.