This two-day trip to Lake Manyara National Park features some of the most incredible wildlife, superb birding (bird watching), stunning landscape, and an intriguing village cultural stroll. A magnificent drive from Arusha to Mto wa Mbu hamlet, where visitors can take a cultural walking tour, followed by a trip to Lake Manyara National Park, which is located in the picturesque Great Rift Valley of Africa. You may play games in quest of strange tree-climbing lions here. The incredible bird life, which includes flamingos and pelicans, and numerous wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, baboons, leopards, and various types of beautiful antelopes are all common sights.
In addition to the wildlife, you will see incredible sights such as enormous fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees, and grassy flood plains. The Lake Manyara National Park area is characterized by striking contrasts, including wide-open plains, a massive escarpment, a central alkaline lake, dense trees, and distant volcanic peaks.
Your safari starts at around 7:00 in the morning with a pick-up from your Arusha accommodation and a briefing from your guide. Take a cultural tour in Mto wa Mbu on the way there to discover more about this charming tiny community, which is home to 18,000 people from 120 different Tanzanian tribes and offers an intriguing glimpse into small-town African life. Visit the village’s market, the farmer’s fields, the stores of local artisans, and learn how huts are built. After that, head to your hotel for lunch and some downtime. Take a game drive across Lake Manyara National Park in the afternoon.
The lake serves as a sanctuary for flamingo clouds and other amazing waterbirds. For those who love to observe birds, this is a delight! A significant elephant population lives in the forested valleys and broad savannah plains, together with herds of buffalo, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, baboons, and other species of beautiful antelopes. The uncommon tree-climbing lions are the most notable predators in the park, however there are others. Following a game drive, you will return to your lodge for some downtime, dinner, and the night.
On the second day of your safari, you’ll go on a morning wildlife drive through the park. You’ll start off with an early breakfast at the lodge or camp, after which you’ll drive into the park. In addition to the lake itself, the park contains acacia trees, wet forests, algae-covered hot springs, marshes, and other different habitats. It has around 670 different fern species and blooming plants. The park boasts the biggest number of olive baboons in the entire globe! You should also keep an eye out for hippos, gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, bushbucks, dik-diks, warthogs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, honey badgers, African clawless otters, and Egyptian mongooses. Drive back to Arusha (approximately 3 hours away) after your game drive, stopping en route for lunch or any last-minute shopping. After that, you will travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight back home.
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