BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE MANYARA FOR A NORTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI
In the less frequented south of the Lake Manyara National Park, hot springs bubble from the plains, heated by underground volcanic activity to flow over sulfur encrusted rocks into the lake. Where it cools to bearable temperatures, pods of hippopotami wallow during the heat of the day, and later emerging to forage during the night. The short rains fall in November and December, when it is hot, with humid temperatures up to 95 F (35 C) and short thunderstorms in afternoons or evenings, but these leave plenty of time for game watching trips in Manyara, although road logistics on wet ground requires utmost skill and plenty of insect repellent spray may be advised.
A dry hot period follows from January when room prices start to peak where AfricanMecca lodgers maximize high density wildlife experience on their safari tour in northern Tanzania until the long rains arrive around middle of March when accommodation rates are offered at a concession.
April and May are the wettest, the low or green season when accommodation costs are least, but logistical air and road transport costs, park fees, meals and activities remain the same throughout the year. These are the best times for birdwatching, which is fantastic in the woodlands and around the lake, where migratory colonies of storks, pelicans, spoonbills, cormorants and pink flamingos assemble in the food-rich shallows and flocks of hundreds of thousands of tiny red-billed quelea weavers darken the sky, flashing red and amber in their breeding plumage.
These in turn provide a major food-chain biomass for herons, hornbills, shrikes and other raptors, colorful rollers and kingfishers as well as attracting small predators, rodents, lizards and snakes. On nature holiday in Africa at this time of the year, skies provide wonderful photo opportunities with dramatic conjunctions of storm-cloud and light, silvery morning haze and amazing sunsets as well as spectacular but small and shy waterfalls cascading from cliffs.
The dry season of July to October is the best time for watching game that comes to Manyara from other ranges as water sources dry up, to crowd around fresh waterholes with less cover for camouflage. The north of the park gets more traffic, especially in the mornings at this time of year, so it is best to stay within the park to access the southern regions. It can get quite chilly in the dry, cool season of June to September, so a light fleece is advised for early morning and evening game drives when temperatures often fall below 60 F (15 C).
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE MANYARA
Accommodation in Manyara varies based on the experience and location sought. Some are located inside the park in the southern expanse while others are sited on the rim of the Rift Valley escarpment.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE MANYARA
An adventurous Lake Manyara safari offers various activities to meet your specific interests. You may enjoy mountain biking, fly camping, horse riding, walks in a private wilderness to game drives in the park.
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GUIDE ON LAKE MANYARA PARK
Lake Manyara is one of the smallest parks, but encloses within its numerous microclimates a diverse range of landscapes and animal populations which mirror those of different parts of Tanzania in miniature.
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Jambo Raza: Everything was great from the the fantastic wildlife, the scenery, the people, the accommodations and the food. We went to Lake Manyara and stayed at Kirurumu Tented Lodge which was a great introduction for us on the safari.
Liz and Gunnar Kristiansen - Ontario, Canada
Loretta and I had a great time on our honeymoon. We both also really enjoyed our time in the Serengeti. We were able to witness the wildebeest migration and saw literally over 1 or 2 million animals trekking across the plains of the Serengeti.
Loretta and Danny Haag - California, United States
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Jambo AfricanMecca Team, The safaris to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti were fantastic and very beautiful. All in all, the perfect trip for my son and myself. Thanks again and enjoy the pictures. My son took about 1500 pictures.
Pam Dahl - Minnesota, United States
We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
Chris Traub - CEO, Strategic Executive Search (SES) Group - New York, United States
The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE MANYARA IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Lake Manyara (Great Rift Valley Lake), we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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