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Lake Manyara National Park reviews

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“Fantastic birding, watching hippos out of water at the hippo pool, walking along the lake shore and watching the sunset, stopping for a picnic lunch in the shade and simply letting the wildlife move around us. It was magical!” - Rockwood Specialist Tours

Lake Manyara - incredible experience

Views: 539 Visited: Nov 2014 Reviewed: Feb 03, 2017

I had visited Lake Manyara National Park as a day visitor before, as most people on the northern circuit in Tanzania do…just passing through. The day visits are rewarding, there is no doubt about that. The easy-to-reach areas are enough to allow a rewarding day visit. But there is more and I didn’t fully realise this until I had experienced it for myself. If you can spare the time, you will not be disappointed. Lake Manyara National Park has lots to offer.

I saw my first silvery-cheeked hornbill here, my guide thought I had seen a leopard such was the level of my excitement! I spent two nights in the park and we seldom saw other vehicles. Once we started to go deeper into the park there were no other vehicles. In peak season I am sure there will be more vehicles but with just two camps in the park offering accommodation, even in peak season once you get to the area of where the camps are, there is little chance of crowds.

The park is most famous for its tree-climbing lions, thanks to social media we know that there are ‘tree-climbing lions’ in many other parks! If you plan to visit only to see the tree-climbing lions, most likely you will be disappointed. I did see lion but they were not in trees. Perhaps it was the rain, when I asked my guide he did comment that he had seen plenty of lion, but the 'tree-climbing lions'.

If you want to fall asleep to the sound of a lion calling and wake up to the cheerful chatter of birds and the smell of fresh Tanzania coffee brewing, this is the place for you. If you want to take the time to enjoy a lake shore walk and watch the sunset from the shores of the lake, this is the place for you.
It doesn’t have the herds of wildebeest like the Serengeti, nor does it have the visibility of the Ngorongoro Crater. What it does have is excellent birding, a variety of fun activities that gets you out of the game drive vehicle, tall trees, herds of elephants and something exciting around every corner. Even when the bush is thick as it was when I visited in November, the wildlife enjoy the clearings as much as we do and you often come across open areas where the wildlife gather. You never know what is around the corner.

We had great elephant sightings, lots of giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, hippo out of water, impala, a large (and entertaining) troop of baboons, blue monkeys and countless birds.

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