Early in the morning you will be picked from your hotel in Arusha town drives heading westwards to Lake Manyara National Park. First, we enjoy this morning with an introduction to northern Tanzanian culture, taking a short break to fascinating Mto wa Mbu village. Incredibly, this ‘village’ is actually home to over eighteen thousand inhabitants, drawn from 120 different tribes.
Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The two administrative regions have no jurisdiction over the parks. The park is governed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. Most of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east.
One of the smaller but the most sought-after destination in the northern-circuit of Tanzania is the Lake Manyara Park. The park displays 11 numbers of eco-systems which shows the diverse vegetation, ranging from savannah to marsh to evergreen forest and this supports to one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. Famous for the tree-climbing lions and the scenic view of the park as well as the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands, but they are not so present during the dry season.
This park is a must stop for those want to combine the nature and the game viewing on their tour to Africa. The topographical features ranging from the Rift Wall, ground water forest, acacia woodlands and open grasslands to the shores of Lake Manyara are some of the features that make this park a paradise for the nature lovers.
If you are on a day trip to this park, then after your lunch you will have afternoon game viewing in the park searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park.
Abundant numbers of bird species both the endemic and the migrated estimated to be more than 350 different bird species make this park one of the most demanded destinations for the bird lovers. Besides the birds the variety of animals you can find include the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions that are unique to the lake. Late afternoon drive back to your hotel in Arusha