Lake Manyara in pictures – Tanzania
After visiting an amazing coffee farm, Maggie and the team highly caffeinated and suitably pumped and keen to visit one of Tanzania’s national parks. We were quickly aware of the reality that this might not happen after visiting the park gates of the Ngorongoro Crater (unless you are willing to part with briefcase full of cash).
We looked at alternatives and there was a slightly cheaper alternative in Lake Manyara National Park.
In only 1 hour and 30 minutes you are able to reach Lake Manyara National Park by road from Arusha and in less than an hour still, if you are coming from the Ngorongoro crater.
It’s size is 330 sq km, made up of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake (200 sq km is lake).
More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. We read that Manyara also has a population of tree climbing lions but on speaking to a local guide who frequents here often, he said that they have not been seen in several months.
There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance.
The entrance gate also doubles as an exit, so the trail of Lake Manyara National Park is effectively a loop that can be traversed by car within a couple of hours that may be stretched to a few more at best.
The Rift Valley escarpment forms a beautiful landmark and provides a spectacular backdrop to Lake Manyara.
The park fees are $45 each per person per day plus $40 per (foreign registered) vehicle. Add on top of this 18% VAT, and any charges for camping or accommodation. So, for one day in the park (fees are valid for 24 hours), we paid $153.40.