Safari to Manyara lake National Park in Tanzania
21 August 2013
The safari trip scheduled for today includes a tour to Lake Manyara national park, where you can see many animals typical of the Savannah such as zebras, elephants, wildebeest, antelopes, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs and several species of birds. The wildlife pictures displayed below gives an idea about what animals can be seen in Manyara at this time of the year (late August)
The safari in Tanzania continues with a visit to Lake Manyara national park, where a landscape that varies between savannah and rainforest is home to a wide variety of animals.
Lake Manyara photos. Elephants, zebras, wildebeest and warthogs grazing along the shores of Lake Manyara, where there are good stocks of water to drink when the rest on northern Tanzania is dry.
Baboons photos. Lake Manyara National Park is populated by many baboons living in large families.
On top of a big tree we see hornbills (hornbill bird) characterized by the massive beak resembling a bull horn.
Antelopes in comparison. In the right picture, the tiny dik-dik, one of the smallest antelopes existing in the world, comparable to the size of a small dog.
A mother baboon brings her cub clinging to the belly.
Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania is home to a good number of elephants. In the photo below left, the leathery skin of this pachyderm.
We are witnessing a hunting scene starring a bird not really nice: it first studies his victim (a small mouse), then catch it up with lightning speed, before swallowing it in a whole. Analogously to the snakes, you see the meal moving into the esophagus of the predator while the swallows.
A large monitor lizard is basking under a pale sun.
Lake Manyara is also populated by the vervet monkey, a primate whose adult weight varies from 4 to 6 pounds.
Buffalo photos. A herd of buffalo enjoy the green pastures around Lake Manyara ...
... while a kingfisher remains vigilant over the thorny branches of an acacia.
Analogously to the buffalo, wildebeest also take advantage of the abundance in this period of the year around Lake Manyara.
In the meanwhile, two large males of antelope compete for a group of females.
There are of course the clumsy warthog, an animal that we find everywhere during the safari in Tanzania.
After the safari to Lake Manyara, we head to the tented camp of Kirurumu for overnight stay at a nice place having a panoramic view over the savannah.