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Lake Manyara National Park reviews

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“Grab a sundowner and watch the sunset from the cliffs” - Stephen Bailey

A park all to yourself

Views: 614 Visited: Jul 2012 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2013

Lake Manyara is usually visited as part of a multi-day safari package including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. While the convenience of stopping halfway between Arusha and the Serengeti is nice, Lake Manyara simply can't compete with its bigger neighbours in terms of animals or safari experience. However, the lake is undeniably pretty, and the tight paths through the woodland ensure you get extremely close to various primates.

Playful monkeys are abundant, hippos come in giant herds, and baboons seem to control every corner of the forest. Elephants can be found bulldozing their way around, and giraffes pop their heads above the trees. We did find a lion in a tree, although predator spotting requires an excellent guide with spectacular eyes. And from the surrounding cliffs the park is undeniably pretty, especially around sunset.

Lake Manyara is a gentle introduction to a multi-day safari. It shows off a different eco-system to its more famous neighbours, and is significantly quieter. The only other tourists we saw were bird enthusiasts observing some of the park's 300 migratory birds. This solitude is the park's trump card; stopping in the forest and waiting for the animals to come to you is an authentic part of the experience. If you do have time Lake Manyara is definitely worth visiting, just remember it's a very different experience to the Serengeti plains.

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