The lodge offers arrangements such as game drives, canoe safaris, bush walks and mountain
biking. The game drives are mainly of interest to guests arriving by air (those arriving
by road can do those outings in their own vehicle).
More about Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park is densely vegetated. The north is covered by groundwater
forest, the middle by drier savanna woodland, and the south by shrubs. The dense vegetation
makes game spotting harder, while on the other hand offering a good habitat for many
animal species. Lake Manyara has the highest elephant density among the Tanzanian parks,
and you're likely to see some of the elephants during a game
drive in the park.
Lions and other animals
The tree-climbing lions are another attraction. Unlike lions in most other parks, the
lions of Lake Manyara regularly spend time in trees, the same way leopards do. Most
lions are seen on the ground, though, as they are hard to spot up in the foliage.
Other mammal species seen in the park are baboons, which are often observed in large
troops, blue monkeys, giraffes, impalas, buffalos and bushbucks. There are leopards,
but due to the vegetation and their secretive habits, they are not seen very often.
Bird watchers may enjoy the park a lot. Two trophy birds that are spotted now and then
are the monkey-hunting crowned eagle and the giant kingfisher, which is mostly seen
along the creeks from the rift valley escarpment. Bee-eaters, African fish eagles and
silvery-cheeked hornbills may be seen in the forests, while storks, different species
of heron, pelicans and Egyptian geese are found on the lake shores. All in all, Lake
Manyara has a bird list of 380 species.
The wildlife population in the park is fairly stable, and doesn't vary much depending
on time of year. You may want to avoid the rainy season in April and May. The roads
in the park are mostly gravel and are generally good, but some bridges may get flooded
and make parts of the park inaccessible.
The largest numbers of flamingos are seen when the water level in the lake is high,
i.e. during and after rainy seasons.