Tanzania Day Tours - Lake Manyara National Park Day Trip
Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania's finest gems, stretching more than 30 miles (50 km) along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Explore this natural beauty, a great spot for bird watching and home to a large diversity of wildlife, with the help of your expert guide. The park lies 1.5 hours (126 km's/ 80 miles) west of Arusha, Tanzania along a surfaced road and close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara National Park is unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed.
- Scenic gem of Tanzania—Lake Manyara National Park
- Lush jungle-like groundwater forest with baboons & monkeys
- Wilderness trip into the Rift Valley with impressive geology
- Abundance of wildlife including lions, leopards, & hippos
- Great site for birdwatchers, with over 400 bird species
Tour Details:Duration: day tour (approx.)
Group size: Max 7
Start: Arusha, Tanzania
End: Arusha Tanzania
Departure Time: 7:00am
(subject to change due to local traffic conditions)
Lake Manyara National Park Day Trip
After breakfast you are met by our professional tour guide/driver, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which we travel west to the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Manyara National Park. We will travel through the agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters paradise, harboring thousands souvenir salesmen – ready to pounce at your slightest invitation. The Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located African wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s densely populated African elephants herds, Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake. We will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and do two exciting morning and afternoon game drives, in search of the tree-climbing lions. Late afternoon we depart for Arusha from Lake Manyara where we will end our safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our tour packages services.
Lake Manyara National Park is relatively small and the park can be traversed within a short period of time while viewing a considerable number of wildlife and bird life.
The park is famous for Acacia Tortilis tree-climbing lions. Other animals frequently seen are leopards (also on trees), zebras, impalas, baboons, monkeys, wildebeests, giraffes, buffalos and elephants. Hippos can be seen either basking or submerged in the hippo pools near the forest.
The word Manyara comes from the Maa (language of the Masai) word referring to the Euphorbia Tirucalli tree plant used to creates hedges for the Masai cattle. The Tirucalli is preferred over tree branches by the Masai because of its resilience and long lasting characteristics.
The total size of Lake Manyara is 330 square kilometers out of which 230 square kilometers includes lake arena where water levels are constantly fluctuating. Lake Manyara's relatively small size is home to a favorable ecosystem, which includes varied bird, wildlife and vegetation species.
Lake Manyara gets supplied with water systems that gush out from the base of the Great Rift Valley. African Spice Safaris guests should note that unlike many of its sister lakes found in the Kenya's Rift Valley, an eastern wall does not cushion Lake Manyara; the land in this part of the Great Rift Valley is a soft depression.
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