With an area of 330 km² where the lake occupies three quarters when it is at its highest level, the national park of the Manyara Lake It is one of the least visited and most underrated parks inTanzania. It was our first experience with a Safari, something that does not happen every day and we assure you that it marks an era in your life.
Entrance to the national park
He Manyara Lake It is located 126km from Arusha on the road that goes to the imposingSerengeti. It is true that many tourists do not want to visit this park to give priority to others such as the Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, but if you have one or two days do not hesitate to visit it, since you can find a uniquely green park even in the dry season and in addition to a extraordinary birdlife, where you can see cormorants, flamingos, storks or pelicans.
In the area of the plains of the park, covered by acacia forests, animals such as lions, elephants, zebras and all kinds of small mammals inhabit, all of them very easy to see, although the lion the king of the park often becomes complicated to see.
We arrived in 4 × 4 from Arusha and we decided to visit this park before reaching the crater of Ngorongoro. The road to the park is a paved road and in good condition, also if you go for free and looking for accommodation without prior reservation, shortly before the park entrance there are several cheap campsites In addition to the classic and excessively expensive lodges. As in our entire trip, we pulled a tent and were able to sleep for a reasonable price.
Elephant with tourists
The visit to the park can be done in one morning, unless you decide to do some route on foot, by canoe or by mountain bike. If you do not have much time, going by car is enough, an option that we choose since after the climb to Kilimanjaro and other stages on foot, that take you to see animals without excessive effort is priceless.
We get up very soon to see the sunrise and see all animals in their splendor, since from 12 in the morning and in August as we were, the heat is so suffocating that the animals hide between the acacias and the bushes of the park looking for some shade to shelter them.
Today for you tomorrow for me. Baboons
Once inside the park you find multitude of baboon families, which by the way, is a very aggressive animal, and as you enter the park you always see in the distance the immense lake and all kinds of birds around it.
As an anecdote, on the way to the wet zone we take an elephant that we face, tense moment and we had to tread thoroughly. Once the scare passed, we could see a lot of zebras and all kinds of small mammals, but the lion, the king of the park, we could see, but always among the bushes and with great difficulty to take a picture.
Zebras in Lake Manyara
After an intense morning in the park, in the afternoon we decided to go shopping in a small town calledMto Wa Mbu, where it is possible to buy all kinds of things for the tourist eager for sculptures or pieces of wood.
Back to the campsite for dinner, we had a great soup brought from Spain and networking with some Galicians who were heading to the island of Zanzibar, this is the good thing about traveling, you always meet people even in the most unusual places. Until 3 in the morning we were talking and drinking the great beer of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro as no.
Already the next day we left on the way to Ngorongoro, one of the parks that have caught my attention and possibly one of the most spectacular corners of the planet, but this is another trip and is another story.
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When to go?
In order to observe the birds, go canoeing or see the waterfalls the best season is the rainy one, and to observe the big mammals the best season is the dry one.
How to get?
Either taking a bus from Arusha or carrying a 4 × 4 rental. Getting there is easy, you just have to take the road from Arusha to the Serengeti and turn off at km 126.
What to wear
In summer it is very hot, so do not forget a good sunscreen, a hat to cover the sun and lots of water. Apart from a camera with a telephoto lens, not a compact camera, if you want to take good pictures.
Where to sleep?
There are many places to sleep, but we recommend the campsites located at the main entrance, some of them even with swimming pool. Anyway Here you can find more hotels.
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