Manyara Park, Tanzania
As we have already mentioned several times in our website, Tanzania is rich in parks, lots of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site; among these stands out the Manyara Lake National Park.
The Manyara Park, with its 330 km, distinguishes itself for one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in a relatively limited space. It is here that about 5 different ecosystems can live together.
Not more than 130km from Arusha, the area shows Tanzania’s wild and authentic spirit. The best time to live it and take pictures? At sunset but also during the sunrise, because during these time belts it’s easier to spot the animals.
Manyara Park, what to see and what to do
Visiting Manyara Park is a real must during a trip to Tanzania. Characterized by its vast flora and equally rich fauna, the area was also chosen for the making of some films such as Tarzan. Among the must-do activities in these parts, apart from safari, is the possibility of canoeing when the lake is deep enough.
The Rift Valley
One of the most important points of interest is the Rift Valley. A tectonic trench that runs through several states thanks to a branch; the Manyara Lake Park is inside the eastern branch, along with the Kilimangiaro.
Which animals can be seen in Manyara Park?
There are over 400 types of birds that live in this area and it cannot be count the number of animals that live in it; the particularly lush landscape and the presence of an important lake make this part an interesting site for inhabiting.
By walking through Manyara Park you can discover 5 different ecosystems, so that this gives you the opportunity to give a close look at a variety of animals. In the forest area for example, you can observe giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs and buffalos.
Near the shores of the lake it is possible to do birdwatching, seeing numerous types of migratory birds, flamingos, pelicans and herons. Main characters are also the hyppos that can be closely seen thanks to the wooden pedestrian structures near the shores.
Another peculiarity? Right here you can spot lions climbing the trees: these huge predators, not lovers of the wet ground, have found this type of solution in order to hunt the numerous herbivores present.
When to see Manyara Lake Park
Finding the right moment for a trip is absolutely essential; visiting the Manyara Lake and the connected park is a great choice but you also need to choose correctly the best time to take memorable photos and enjoy the landscape.
You should know that the climate here divides itself into two seasons: dry and rainy. It is not recommended the rainy period, nor the april or may one, in which the showers resume. The most suitable time for booking a trip here is between January and march.
The best safari to book in Manyara Park
Do you find yourself wondering what are the best safaris to explore in the territory? Without doubt Jambo Jambo, an 8 days and 7 nights tour that aims to let you closely see the main parks of the northern part of Tanzania. The first day is dedicated to the Manyara Park and its Lake, then you go on seeing Ngorongoro for another day. You’re then going to spend 2 days at Serengeti and then close the trip with a visit to Tarangire and the Natron Lake.
The second recommended safari is Ndutu: longer than the previous one, it covers 9 days and 8 nights, starting from the Unesco Heritage Park, you’re going to spend a day in Ngorongoro and keep the 4 final days for the search of the big 5 in the Serengeti-Ndutu area.
Hakuna Matata is a tour that allows you to discover the most beautiful parks in Tanzania in 7 days and 6 nights, accompanied by an experienced staff. Firstly you’ll visit the Manyara Park in order to see all the ecosystems up close, then you’ll travel to Ngorongoro to discover the crater and finally spend two days in Serengeti and Tarangire.
If you’re curious, book your favorite safari and plan your holiday in Tanzania to discover Manyara Park.