Stretching for 50 km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. 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 water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. In addition are the legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants found inland of the floodplain.
About Lake Manyara
Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) are water when water levels are high. Location: In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate is close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
What to do
Game drives, night game drives, canoeing when water levels are sufficiently high, Cultural tours, picnicking, bush lunch/dinner, mountain bike tours, abseiling, forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
Canoeing safaris on the tranquil waters of the lake gives a completely different perspective to a game viewing experience. As the canoes slowly go through the lake, you will watch giraffes, elephants and buffalos graze on the shoreline. Hippo families live within the deeper waters of lake and will be observing us as we glide past them – no threats. Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life; more than 400 species have been recorded including thousands of pink-hued flamingos. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and watch the wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. We can stop paddling for a while as you relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
At the end of the canoe safari, refresh yourself with snacks and drinks. Includes: Guide, two-man canoe, life jackets, water packs, and transfer to and from the park gate.
Duration: 3½ to 4 hours
Departure times: 07h30 and 14h30
This activity is just the thing for those who enjoy biking and want to cover more terrain than walking. Leave the lodge and descend down the Rift Valley escarpment. Ride on a single-track path though Mto Wa Mbu village then ride to the lakeshore. Meet a vehicle with drinks and snacks and be driven back to the lodge. Includes: Guide, mountain bikes, helmets, gloves, water bottles, snacks, and transfer back to the lodge
Duration: 3 and ½ hours
Fitness level: Moderate (it is downhill or flat most of the way)