This morning we drove from our campsite at Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park and were there in the morning.
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Lake Manyara National Park
The 330 km2 Lake Manyara National Park has been a national park in northern Tanzania since 1960 and is bounded to the west by the high cliffs of the African Rift And to the east by Manyara Lake.
Lake Manyara National Park has possibly the largest biomass density (weight per area) of mammals in the world. Elephants account for the largest share of this, with 6 specimens per square kilometre and buffalo with a density of 18 per km2. There are still black rhinos in the park, but not in the large number for which The Lake Manyara National Park was known [Source: Wikipedia].
Our game drive through Lake Manyara National Park
The park in Lake Manyara advertises especially with its “Tree Climbing Lions“, which naturally increased our anticipation to the immeasurable. Over the next six hours we drove across the park – always looking for climbing lions. Unfortunately, however, not one wanted to show up 🙁 But we have seen many zebras, monkeys, impallas, wildebeest, warthogs and elephants. Also many birds such as flamingos, pelicans, marabus, rhinoceros birds or elephants can be found here.
The Hippo Pool
At the so-called “Hippo Pool” we made a short stop, but again we were unfortunately not lucky: no hippo far and wide.
The Manyara Lake & the hot water springs
We then had our lunch at a picnic area overlooking Lake Manyara. From the rest area, a jetty goes to the shore of the lake. From here you could also see a few hippos that relaxed in the water. At the lake you can also find the hot water springs “Maji Moto”, whose bacteria make the soil glow in all possible colors. In the shallow water of the lake you can also see thousands of flamingos. Also great was the sight of nine giraffes standing on the shores of the lake.
Our accommodation on Lake Manyara
Around 5 p.m. we were back at our current accommodation Twiga Campsite & Lodge and ended the day with a delicious dinner.
On our 7-day safari tour we also slept one night at Twiga Campsite & Lodge. The location of the lodge is great as it is not far to the nearest national parks. Here you can either camp or stay in a room. We had decided on a proper room. The room was relatively simple, but was quite sufficient. The air conditioning worked very well. The bed was relatively small for two people. At the other end of the site there was a place where you could cook and eat your food. The Internet has been subject to a charge.