Lake Manyara and Tarangire in 2 days
Do you have limited time and low budget but still want to go on a safari? Visit two of the smallest parks of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Spend a night in a public campsite, all camping gear except sleeping bags provided by Congema. See Lake Manyara, the park described by novelist Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Visit Tarangire, often referred to as the “home of the elephants”.
Day 1 Lake Manyara
In the morning leave Arusha and start your drive to Lake Manyara. Game drive until late afternoon. Picnic lunch in the park. Drive for your dinner and overnight stay at Twiga Lodge and Campsite in Mto Wa Mbu.
Lake Manyara National Park is well known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. This is a good spot for bird watching, more than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park and many remain throughout the year. The most famous attraction of the park are the tree-climbing lions. Leopards, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippos, Masai giraffe, impala and zebras are a few of the other wildlife commonly spotted here.
Day 2 Tarangire
Have breakfast at Twiga and then enter the Tarangire National Park for game drives. Lunch in the park. In the late afternoon drive back to Arusha.
This park is often referred to as the “home of elephants”, you have a great chance to spot elephants in large groups gathering around the Tarangire River. Other animals to be spotted include leopards, lions, giraffes, gazelles, buffalos and even tree-climbing pythons. Tarangire River is the place where thirsty animals come to get their much needed drinking water.
If you prefer more luxurious travel, you can always upgrade your accommodation for a surcharge.