Lake Manyara

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Tanzania  , Arusha,
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 km west of Arusha town along the Makuyuni-Ngorongoro road (all tar).

Now this is what I am talking about!! The first park with its act in gear. Organized and ready to receive visitors and not at silly prices either. 

At the onset Lake Manyara is dense forest with cool shaded drives.  Lots of monkeys and baboons.  Then once gets to the open area where the Fever tree forest grows densely.  Almost the entire drive to the public campsite on the far side of the park has dense vegetation and loads of elephants.

The park should be called the butterfly park this time of year.  There are literally millions upon millions of soft yellow butterflies everywhere. 

We parked Lynxi and went for a drive to see if we could find the hot spring.  We did. Left in its natural state.  Very hot. Just below boiling point.  The rest of the way to the end of the park we travelled along the pan.  Once again the colours were just too beautiful.  Lake Manyara does not get very deep at all but covers a 136 sq miles of the 402 sq miles that constitutes the park.

With over 390 species of bird life it is a rather special place to visit. We saw what looked like a Toucan but in black and white.

The park offers game viewing (day and night), walking safaris, bird watching, camping and canoeing (when the water level is sufficient). Best time to visit is between June to October. We just made it.

Although they say that they have lions, we did not see any.  We heard hyenas at night but did not see them either.

Once back at camp we decided that it was early enough for us to drive back toward the entrance gate in order to make the travel time less for the next day.  We also did not fancy that first campsite and happily moved to the next one.  Good move as it was much nicer.  During the night the elephants came real close and the baboon made a huge racket.

We enjoyed Lake Manyara.

Next is Tarangire. 

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