Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara national Park
One of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse national parks (330 so km), Manyara is a more intimate vie of the African outdoors. Bordered to the west by the Great Rift Valley and to the east by Lake Manyara, the reserve is host to tree-climbing lions, hippos, elephants and a huge array of bird life, including tens of thousands of flamingos that make their annual pilgrimage to the alkaline shore of Lake Manyara.
How to get there
The park is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 km west of Arusha town along the Makuyuni-Ngorongoro road, strategically located along the high way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti and is easily accessible by road and air (charter or scheduled flights). The park is close to the ethnically diverse town of Mto wa Mbu in which a representation of the 120 tribes of Tanzania is found.
Best time to visit
The park can be accessed throughout the year. However, June to October is the best time for large mammals and November to July is ideal time for bird watching.
What to do:
Game drives, night game drives, canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Cultural tours, picnicking, bush lunch/dinner, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.