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A trip to Lake Manyara

A trip to Lake Manyara

July 31, 2018

Tanzania is known for its varied landscapes and wide-ranging natural beauty. This amazing country boasts some of the most spectacular national reserves in the world. Lake Manyara is located in one of the scenic national parks in the country - Lake Manyara National Park.


Lake Manyara National Park is situated within a branch of the East African Rift in the North Eastern Tanzania. It covers over 130 sq m and falls into two regions of the country - the Arusha and Manyara.


The lake itself covers about 89 sq m, and is surrounded by abundant wildlife and scenic landscape. The lake region features a wide range of wildlife species including the tree-climbing lions and flamingos. There are hot sulfur springs known as Majimoto at the southern end of the park. If you are a thrill seeking and adventurous person, there is no better place to be than Lake Manyara.  


Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park can be reached within 50 minutes if you’re flying from Arusha. It is one of the natural reserves in Africa that proudly displays its animal population and diverse range of landscapes. It’s one of the best national parks in Tanzania for game viewing.  

The concentration of games at this park is not as high as the surrounding national parks such as Tarangire, the Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti. But, one does not go to the park for the quantity of game, but for the quality of the sightings, in a unique area. Besides, there are quite a large number of wildlife species for you to see if you’re looking to safari here. The soda ash lake features 1000s of pink and white flamingos, one of the only places in the world where this is possible due to its high alkalinity of the water. The Big 5 are also here, from the giant elephants, leopards, buffaloes, black rhinos and to the tree climbing lion. You can easily spot them when you're on a safari adventure. The  park’s major attractions are the tree-climbing lions which are rare and fascinating. You’ll wonder how these lions smoothly climb the trees – it’s really an incredible sight. Groups of hippos are found in the north and south of the lake while the migratory flamingos and waders are found on the shores. There are hundreds of bird species such as pelican, flamingo, storks, red billed quelea, sacred ibis, Egyptian geese and cormorants here.

If you're looking for an adrenalin-rush activity in an off-the-beaten track, you should go hiking in the Marang Forest, which is on top of the  steep escarpment - a part of the Great Rift Valley.

The park is easily accessible from the north, which gives you an opportunity to explore the village of Mto Wa Mbu - a small market town. Most tourists usually have a stop over here to learn more about the cultural lifestyle of the inhabitants. The village is located close to Lake Manyara, and it’s surrounded by impressive backdrop and scenery.


Safari in Lake Manyara

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Lake Manyara safari is a favorite adventure for tourists. There are several activities to indulge in, such as mountain biking, horse riding, fly camping, game drive and walking around the wilderness. Tourists are advised to combine their safari with visiting the Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. There is an option of moving to Southern Tanzania where you will find the Selous and Ruaha parks and the journey may end in the exotic Island of Zanzibar.

Accommodation

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There are several camps and lodges within the park or at the edge of the Rift Valley escarpment. The accommodation options come with facilities according to your budget. If you have never experienced the beauty of living in a rural African setting, then this is your moment.

For instance: Lemala Manyara Camp offers you an exclusive and intimate nature experience.  Wildlife roams around your tent while cooking is done over a charcoal burner.  Entertainment is through the bush television, which is watching nature evolve around burning campfire, and conversations with co-tenants.  If you want to be in the present civilization while in the jungle, you can go for the luxury lodges and camps such as Lake Manyara Escarpment Luxury Lodge.


Best Time to Visit

There is no specific time to visit Lake Manyara. However, the dry season (July – October) can be the best time to visit due to the number of animals seen around the lake. Every season is a happy season for visitors who are interested in a safari adventure.



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