Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.

The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

ACCESS

By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

ACTVITIES

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.

WHEN TO GO

Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; Wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.

ACCOMMODATION

One luxury treehouse-style camp, public bandas and campsites inside the park. One luxury tented camp and three lodges perched on the Rift Wall outside the park overlooking the lake. Several guesthouses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.

WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional instructor 3 flights with instructor
3 hours of training Meals
NOT INCLUDED
Transportation
Instructor gratuity

 

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 1 review
January 18, 2018

Salama!!
I thank God for my safe arrival at my home country Norway. After all three weeks of experiencing wonderful creatures, mountains views, beaches and natural vegetations of Africa. I enjoyed being in Tanzania especially to meet with Maasai people, it has been a now my lifetime story. Thank you African Rhino Adventure for making my trip beautiful with price affordability. Margaret and I would like to shout a thanks to you Mr Isaac for what you did for us, all together with your team of professional guides. “I think you guys deserve a special gift from me” next time when I come I’ll be thankful when you will teach me on how to cook ugali muhogo and Samaki.
Much thanks to you.

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