Lake Manyara National Park


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Written on: May 09, 2013   |   I visited in February 2013 We stopped at Lake Manyara on day 10 of our 12 day safari. It is a lovely small park. Lots of trees and a nice change from the expanse of the huge Serengeti.
I am especially keen on birding and this was the place to be for that. The high salt content of the lake attracts plenty of water birds and the flamingoes are abundant. There are hundreds of species of bird in Manyara. A few of what we saw were Palmnut vultures, raptors, kingfishers, ash starling, spotted morning thrush, and silvery-cheeked hornbills.
Additionally, we looked for the tree climbing lion to no avail. We did however find plenty of baboons and of course elephants!

Just outside the park we walked around Mto wa Mbu. It was nice after spending days in the safari vehicle in the Serengeti to spend part of the day walking around a bit. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with the local residents. The markets are a bit touristy but the experience was worth the bit of a crowd.

Lake Manyara is small and you probably don't need to spend more than half a day, but we spent a bit longer there than others looking at birds. so for us it was well worth it.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 19, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
Lake Manyara National Park that the name of the park that's found in rift valley. It was amazing tour in this park of northern Tanzania, we saw many birds and animals. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 23, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Lake Manyara is a very picturesque and is a scenic beauty and is among the must visit parks on a Tanzanian safari. The park is well known for its tree-climbing lions and its vast array of birds. You will always cherish the moment when a lion king is resting on an Acacia tree and you witness and capture the moment.
Lake Manyara is not a very big park. It's a relat... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 21, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
What I read abput Lake Manyara was very nice and make me curious to go to there. And, it is very nice to visit.
Coming out of the rain forest, crossing a river by car, and then you're in the park. Baboons on the car later lots of elephants we saw walking. There is a big quagmire and we wait there. A few minutes later the first elephants are playing in the mud. An... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 18, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
Lake Manyara a place also with many different animals and not so very busy. Coming out of the woods, you see the lake and the view is marvelous. During this day we didn't see any other cars. Very nice to be there alone.

Monkeys, wildebeest, buffalo, elephants, gazelle. (Thank Joseph you saw him) all kind of birds, giraffe and more.

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jun 20, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Ok, so we only spent a few hours here, but I was in awe of all the bird life. If you like pelicans, flamingos and other big birds, this is the park for you. I did not see any tree climbing lions. :( read more

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Warthog
Zebra
Baboon
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 26, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
Lake Manyara is a scenic gem with the eastern and western escarpments of the Rift Valley surrounding it. I have been there many times.

The national park is known for its resident forest that is fed by an underground water forest, keeping the park green throughout the year. This attracts both migratory and wetland birds. Two-thirds of the lake is dominated by sha... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Arusha, the 'Gateway' to the Serengeti to Lake Manyara on a well paved road. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem and lies between the eastern and western escarpments of the Rift Valley.

The Lake Manyara area is known for its resident forest that fed by an underground water forest that keeps the park green throughout the year. Thi... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jan 02, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
In our 8 days Safari, Lake Manyara was one of the National Park that we visited. We had one night only inside Lake Manyara and it sounded enough. This is one of the parks that, when we entered it, we started to enjoy ground water forest where a lot of baboon troops are around the way to greet you.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 22, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
A day in Lake Manyara is just perfect. It allows you to see the lake, look for tree-climbing lions and, if you're an avid bird watcher, you have to spent a few hours watching the myriad bird life. Due to its small size, it is crowded, especially at the entry gate. read more

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Vervet monkey
Warthog
Zebra
Baboon
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 29, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
Manyara National Park is a small park in Tanzania (around 350 kmq) very famous for its biodiversity. We have the forest, the plain and the lake.
There is a very high baboons concentration, in fact we spent long time watching baboons grooming, eating, playing and making noise everywhere in the park. The hippo pool has a nice view point, you can enjoy your time and... read more
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