Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Adventure safari, flamingos, action sports and more
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is dramatically located on the very edge of the vertiginous western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Affording magnificent views across the lake, it is elegantly designed on two levels and presented in classic Tanzanian safari style. A tranquil safari lodge, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge offers 100 guest rooms, all with private balconies and stunning views across the waters of the lake. The Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge also offers a hill-top swimming pool and sundeck with panoramic views.
Location: Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
The Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is located within the Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. The park lies 3 km from the small town of Mto wa Mbu, Northern Tanzania (130 kilometres west of Arusha via the Arusha-Serengeti road: approximate journey time 1.5 hours). The national park has an airstrip.
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is:
• 10 minutes from the landing airstrip for domestic airlines.
• 125 Km from Arusha (1 hour' drive)
• 165 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport
• 355 km from Namanga (Kenyan Border)
• 60 km from Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (45 minutes' drive)
• 205 km from Seronera Wildlife Lodge
• 285 km from Lobo Wildlife Lodge
• 999 km from Dar es Salaam
The Lake Manyara National Park
Lying in a shallow depression at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara typically shimmers in a lilac and gold heat-haze, sometimes streaked pink with thousands of flamingos. Venue for numerous adventure sports, such as walking, hiking, biking and abseiling, this beautiful national park is backed by the dramatically sheer red-and-brown cliffs of the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment.
Lake Manyara National Park includes not only a substantial portion of the lake and its shores but also large areas of ground-water forest with giant fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodland and open. The national park's name is derived from the Maasai word for the Euphorbia tirucalli bush, which the tribesmen plant as a living stockade to keep their cattle from straying.
Your Lake Manyara adventure lodge safari
Although it covers an area of only 318sq km, the terrain of Lake Manyara national park is so diverse that its mammal and bird lists are some of the most impressive in Tanzania. As to wildlife, the national park offers abundant sightings of; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Significant numbers of elephant are also resident in the national park whilst sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Lake Manyara is also especially noted for its wealth of bird life, being visited by many thousands of sugar-pink lesser flamingos, significant numbers of greater flamingos and a host of other woodland, plains and water birds.
The famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara
As the heat shimmers over the lake, entire prides of lion can be seen lolling in the branches of the acacia trees of the national park. The existence of tree-climbing lions is actually unusual, since Tanzania lions usually prefer to remain hidden in the thick savannah where they have a better chance of hunting their prey. Quite why the tree-climbing lions exist in this national park is unknown, but it is thought they have adopted the habit to avoid the heat and the flies and to gain a better vantage point from which to hunt.
Wildlife highlights on this Lake Manyara adventure lodge safari:
Lake Manyara national park is famous for its spectacular tree-climbing lions and also offers; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, elephant, rhino, leopard, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Birds: Manyara is noted for its wealth of bird life, which includes many thousands of lesser flamingoes, greater flamingos, pelican, yellow-billed stork and white-necked cormorant.
Accommodation: An adventure safari lodge
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge has 100 spacious ensuite guestrooms, each of them with a private balcony affording magnificent views over the Lake and the Rift Valley. Tastefully decorated, they comprise 2 suites, three interconnecting family rooms and 8 deluxe rooms. Additionally the lodge offers a TV lounge (satellite TV), a boutique, videos, a private landing strip, medical services, laundry and reception/communication services.
The Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is open all year round.
Dining and bars at this adventure safari lodge
The restaurant, set on the very edge of the escarpment, overlooks the lake. A team of professional chefs offer both international and local cuisine using locally grown produce. Theme nights are also offered. The bar also offers a terrace overlooking the lake. Menus at the lodge typically reflect the best of Tanzania choices, vegetarian options, safari specials and international favourites.
Conference and event facilities at the safari lodge
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge does not offer specific conference facilities but small events can be accommodated. The lodge makes an ideal honeymoon or Tanzania wedding venue.
A child-friendly safari tented lodge
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge welcomes children. Family rooms, cots, additional beds, babysitting and child services are offered.
Lake Manyara adventure lodge safari: what to see and do
Tanzania safari experiences at the Lake Manyara National Park
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge include: safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides), adventure bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the lodge safari campfire and guided safari walks through the bush and around the flamingo-fringed lake. Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge also offers wildlife talks, audiovisual presentations and cultural lectures.
Specific to Lake Manyara adventure safari activities
• Adventure and action activities specific to Lake Manyara include:
• Morning and afternoon game drives around the Lake.
• Morning bird walks with our resident naturalist.
• Canoeing safari on the tranquil waters of the Lake
• Boating trips around the Lake and its ecosystem
• Ornithological safari (the Park is home of 380 different bird species).
• Horse riding around the Park
• Visits to the villages of the Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme offering village walks, bicycle tours and boating trips.
• Mountain biking around the national park and adjacent landscapes.
• Day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.
• A daily selection of morning and afternoon game drives around the Lake.
Visits to such famous Tanzania attractions as; Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, The Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area and the Ol Duvai Gorge paleolithic site.
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