Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes -
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-
About Lake Manyara National Park
Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.
Location: In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
What to do
Game drives, canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high.
Cultural tours, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
When to go
Dry season (July-
wet season (November-
One luxury treehouse-
One luxury tented camp and two lodges perched on the Rift Wall overlooking the lake.
Several guesthouses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.