Your safari adventure starts with the rowdy sound of hornbills, great flocks of birds covering the entrance gate to Lake Manyara. As you enter a thick forest the cacophony dies down, supplanted by an assortment of the park's over 400 bird species. Each turn takes you deeper, Africa's unique animal world slowly revealing itself as you meander around corners. Baboons appear, prancing around and impishly staring at the safari truck. Now watch an elephant clearing a track with its ferocious dismantling of trees. Impala and oryx stand watchful, always alert because the predators in Lake Manyara have some unique talents.
Glance at a tree and you might not see it. Even when you're barely meters away they can easily be missed. But a twitching tail alerts your eyes and now it all seems so obvious. A tree-climbing lion lounges on a branch, its eyes intensely focused on you. Along with Tarangire, this is one of the few places in the world where lions live in trees. They enjoy the shade and breeze up here, and it's always good to have an aerial vantage point of the dinner menu. Zebras cover the lake's flood plains, feeding on the lush grass that makes this an oasis for wandering herds. Long necked gerenuks are careful about where they eat, arching back on their hind legs and stretching for the leaves of lower branches. They must always be cautious, because if it's not the lions that they must be wary of then it's the stealthy leopards.
Lake Manyara offers the perfect safari introduction because of its compact collection of different habitats. After emerging from the forest, the savannah brings open expanses of elephant and giraffe. Wallowing in the shallows, large pods of hippos throw their weight around the lake. There is also a quiet serenity here, making it easy for everyone to settle into the gentle rhythm of safari. Exploring these untamed lands is not about charging around hoping for glimpses of brilliance. It's all about moving slow, admiring the beauty of the environment, and allowing nature's great theater to ineradicably play out before your eyes. In the late afternoon you'll enjoy a visit to Maasai cultural sights before a leisurely dinner at your luxury tented camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner