The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers avirtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy flood plain 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 andzebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Inland of the fl oodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a fi eld of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than400 species have been recorded, and even a fi rst-time visitor to Africa mightreasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued fl amingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Game Drives,Canoeing when the water Levels are sufficient,Cultural Tours,Mountain Bike Tours, Forest Walks
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