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Lake Manyara National Park reviews

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“Not much to see in the southern portion and lots of tsetse flies there.” - SueLap

All about the birds....

SueLap
Views: 747 Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: May 09, 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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