A Day at Lake Manyara National Park + Everything You Must Know

Day 2 of 3 Safari Excursion

Lake Manyara

Per usual, we had a 6am wake up call to go eat breakfast! Early mornings are typical when on a safari. We were considered late starters! But I was still getting sick! People leave earlier in the morning to see variety of animals that are only active during the morning hours.

Check out how awesome our tent was at Karatu Simba Lodge. I am loving these style rooms and views. 

Lake Manyara is cut with ground water streams that provide a perfect environment for plants, 400+ bird species and African animals! Making it more unique than the other two parks we explored! Here is a taste of what we saw! Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the full guide and fun facts! 

We had a road block full of storks! Ive only seen them in baby books, their more beautiful then I imagined! They must be off duty, hehe. This guy looks like he’s preaching and their not interested, lol!We saw so many different species of birds!

We could walk on the deck to view hippos! Though, we didn’t see any at this spot, it was fun to be wild and free!

Can you say hungry hungry hippos?! We sat and watched the hippos for a while. Right before we were going to take off, this fella gave us a big ol’ yawn! There were hundreds of flamingo in the distance! This was as close as we could get. I was bummed but it was still wild to see!Did you know Flamingos get their color from eating algae, brine shrimp, crustaceans, diatoms and aquatic plants which are rich in alpha and beta carotenoid pigments. After digestion, the pigments dissolve in fat and are deposited in the growing feathers, making them orange or pink!We saw several little tornados over the water!My second favorite animal of all, the giraffe!We hung out watching him eat. Don’t you hate itches you can’t scratch!?  Check out that slobber!

These yellow green trees are known as fever trees. They have been used for thousands of years by African tribes. Bark from this tree has been used for many things such curing malaria and other sicknesses. They also mix it with other herbs for drinking, which is to induce lucid dreams. Before going to sleep a question is asked that will be answered in their dreams.

Ron’s loving life! Your legs get really tired trying to stand up the whole time.

We were a bit too close to this family! The male made a REALLY loud noise and ran by us making my heart sink! It was quite exhilarating!Baboons were everywhere!Look how adorable this little baby was!

It’s insane how human like they are. This lil guy stepped on something so he sat down and investigated. He’s cheesing for us.

After spending about four hours here we made it back to our hotel for a hot lunch!

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SAFARI COMAPNY: Altezza Climbing & Safari

LOCATION: Tanzania Africa, West of Arusha. Click here for location. From Arusha a road safari takes you about 1 to 2 hours to get to the entrance gate.

FACTS: 

  • During the wet season flamingos inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season.
  • More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year.
  • The park consists of 130 sq mi of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 77 sq mi of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season.
  • Leopards, Masai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Masai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year. (we didn’t see any lions, leopards or cheetahs).
  • Lake Manyara now ranks #3 out of 10 top National Parks to visit while in Tanzania. It’s known as the mini Serengeti. Be sure to check out the complete list HERE for more highlights, lowlights and facts about the top 10 national parks in Tanzania and how it’s equally as possible that you will have a much better time in one of the lesser-known parks!

BEST TIME TO GO:  Good all year around though the months of June to October usually have few rains being the best weather. March and April is peak wet season being the worst weather to go. June to September offers the best time to go as it is easier to view animals then. We went in August. Many migratory birds are found during the wet season, making it the best time for bird watching.

WHAT TO WEAR: Morning can be chilly wear warm jacket, light layers, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. I wore a light jacket, tank, shorts, Teva sandals and was fine. Though, covering body is recommend for bugs or dust.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Wake up early morning to see the most activity. People were leaving as early as 4am. We left by 7am and were content with everything we saw! Wear warm jacket for chilly mornings. Spending 4-6+ hours in the park (up to you), we spent about four hours here. You can get dusty from driving with the windows down. Altezza supplies boxed lunch or hot lunch at hotel (your choice, let your guide know). Witness some of the most beautiful wild life you will ever see!

NOTE: Altezza gave us a discount but as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own!

CHECK OUT OUR THREE DAY SAFARI to THREE DIFFERENT NATIONAL PARKS HERE

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4 Comments on “A Day at Lake Manyara National Park + Everything You Must Know”

  1. I am loving these photos so much!! All those birds and the hippos – it’s just so cool that you were able to see all of that in real life! I listened to a podcast about flamingos and, turns out, they’re really, really amazing creatures. They can drink boiling water and can survive a night in frozen water too. Very, very cool critters.

    1. DRINK BOILING WATER WHAAA! Thats crazy and quite amazing! What podcast was it? I LOVE new podcast to listen to!

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