All You Need To Know About Lake Manyara
Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. As once described by Ernest Hemingway as”The loveliest I have seen in Africa”. It’s most iconic attraction is undoubtedly its tree-climbing lions, and people flock from all over the world to see these iconic predators lounging in the trees.
To get to Lake Manyara National Park it will take approximately ninety minutes car drive from Arusha. The park is known for Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and flamingoes.
Best Time to Visit
Game-viewing is at its best between July and October, while bird-watchers will find the best conditions between November and June.
In Lake Manyara, you find Africa’s largest concentration of elephants. In addition to these giants, the park also offers excellent opportunities to see mongooses, the adorable Kirk’s dik-dik, hippos, buffaloes, antelopes, gazelles, and large troupes of baboons. And we can forget the tree-climbing lions which are rare to see anywhere else.
Lake Manyara is a slightly salty lake that is home to the hippopotamus, flamingoes, and a large variety of aquatic life. Despite its salt content, it is safe for animals to drink and is a popular watering hole for the park’s animal population. It is also an excellent bird-watching destination. For several months of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos drawn by the microscopic algae that they feed on.
How to Get Around
The best way to enjoy Lake Manyara National Park is to book your tour with an agency like Congema Safaris. You will have a perfect introduction to the park with an experienced driver and a tour guide. This way you will get the most of your journey and see as many animals as possible.
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