Lake Manyara National Park
PRESENTATION OF THE PARC
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the important parks in Tanzania both from distinctive and economical standpoint. Is located in the Manyara region and is home to a diverse range of wildlife species. The pristine grasslands are as a result of little to no human involvement which is fed by underground springs of Lake Manyara.
Lake Manyara is the centerpiece of this park and is the major sightseeing spot for tourists. A treasure trove for ornithologists, this lake is home to 300 migratory and native bird species. Some of the standouts include flamingos, long-crested eagle, and grey-headed kingfisher. Around this lake, you can spot animals like buffalos, elephants, hippos quenching their thirst and having fun in the muddy areas. The iconic animal that is native to this particular place is tree-climbing lion.
The 360 degree view from the park is equally diverse. To the east lies the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor which is a gateway for animals to move to and fro Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Engaruka Basin. To the southeast landscapes and hills of Tarangire National Park can be spotted, and in the north are the abandoned system of ruins of Engaruka. It has got important irrigation structures and considered one of the most important archaeological sites.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PARK
• It is located between Arusha Region and Manyara Region and one can reach here from City of Arusha in an hour and half.
• Lake Manyara is the center of focus which accommodates 300 bird species and is the source of water for most animals.
• The park is relatively smaller. Safaris can be wrapped up within a couple of Hours.
• Activities include game drives, safaris, mountain biking, forest walks, camping, cultural tours.
• Tree-climbing lions, flamingos, elephants are the major animals to be seen here.
Located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region of Tanzania. This smallest part in Tanzania is close to Arusha and en route to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
The park comes under northern safari circuit, so the starting point of getting in is Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46kms from Arusha.
Mountain biking, fly camping, horse riding, canoeing, walk in a private wilderness to game drives in the park.
The park is best known for Lush jungles, grassy floodplains, and blue volcanic mountaintops and unique baboon and blue monkeys with tree-climbing lions.
June to September and the high season continues from July to March.
Apart from tree climbing lions there are big troops of olive baboon and blue monkeys, prolific elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra as well as a whole host of smaller animals. With almost 400 species recorded the birdlife in the park is superb in this National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is believed to have the largest population of baboons in whole of Africa. One of the real tourist attractions is the splendor of flamingos that stain the soda lakes pink.
The shallow lake Manyara is an alkaline lake which expands and contracts according to the seasons within a long silvery bowl of salt deposits. Within the vicinity of the lake are wide grassy flood plains and further as you move away, are bands of mixed acacia woodlands. Leaving that there are captivating evergreen forests. Immerse with the most captivating vegetation found ever in any African Park.
Outside the park, you can undertake the mountain bike tours, and escarpment forest walks and when water levels are suitable, canoe safaris are also offered. Lake Manyara National Park is a small park with great offerings.
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