Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Pak
Lake Manyara National Park spans an area of 330 sq km (127 sq miles) in northern Tanzania, 200 sq mile.The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
Lake 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.
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 from the floodplain, a narrow belt of Acacia woodland is the favored 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 forage in their shade.
Lake Manyara National Park can been difficult to drive, when the water is high, because of the rainy season. Some of the roads are floaded.
The best time to visit the park is from July till February.