Canopy Walk in Lake Manyara National Park
Canopy Walk in Lake Manyara National Park is among the many activities which tourists can engage in during a safari to this destination located in the northern part of Tanzania.
Lake Manyara national park is home to the rare tree-climbing lions and is also home to many elephants as well as many other wildlife and bird species which can be seen during a safari experience at the destination.
The national park was established in 1960 and was gazette with an aim of protecting the many elephants which roamed around the destination. This protected area is situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley.
Visits to Lake Manyara national park can be done along with safaris to other destinations in the northern part of Tanzania such as Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park, Ngorongoro conservation area, Arusha national park among others.
Tanzania national parks authority (TANAPA) is responsible for the different national parks around Tanzania. Tanzania National Parks Authority is responsible for protecting the natural resources in the national parks, promoting safety and encouraging conservation in the different wildlife viewing destinations.
During the canopy walk in Lake Manyara national park, you will enjoy walking along a suspended bridge which is 18 meters off the ground offering sights of the amazing scenery around the destination.
The canopy walk in Lake Manyara national park is also described as the activity along the treetop walkway since it takes place through the beautiful forest in the national park where you can sometimes spot wildlife species.
There is a thick net along the sides of the suspended bridge and at the end of the bridge is a tree where there is also a platform and the tourists can enjoy the scenery and the beautiful views from this platform. The thick net provides a form of safety during the canopy walk while on a safari in Lake Manyara national park.
The forest consists of different tree species as well as many wildlife and bird species which can also be spotted during the canopy walk in Lake Manyara national park.
The wildlife species which can be spotted in Lake Manyara national park during the canopy walk include elephants, buffalos, and blue monkeys, gazelles, waterbucks, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others.
The canopy walk along the treetop walkway takes about 45 minutes along the suspended bridge and can be carried out in the morning or at any other time of day before engaging in a game drive or any other safari activity in Lake Manyara national park.
The treetop walkway in Lake Manyara national park is a short drive from the main gate of the national park and is one of the longest in Africa at about 370 meters. This experience provides a close experience with the natural surroundings at the destination.
To get to the national park, the tourists are required to pay entrance fees in order the access Lake Manyara national park. Nonresidents pay 53 USD for entrance while East Africans pay in Tanzania shillings.
During the canopy walk, the tourists are accompanied by a guide who provides information about the different tree species and bird species in the forest.
Other activities which are carried out during a safari in Lake Manyara national park include game drives such as morning game drives, afternoon game drives and night game drives.
Tourists can also engage in bird watching experiences during their safaris in Lake Manyara national park which is home to about 300 bird species such as hornbills, herons, weavers among others.
On the way to Lake Manyara national park, there is a small town called Mto wa mbu town which is a busy town where tourists can interact with the local community, visit craft shops, visit the local market among other activities.
The Maasai have a unique culture and have art and crafts such as the beaded jewelry, unique homesteads known as “manyattas” which tourists can visit during their interactions with the Maasai people.
Morning game drives in Lake Manyara national park involve driving around the diverse habitat of the national park looking out for different wildlife species such as the rare tree climbing lions, elephants, buffalos, antelopes, leopards among others.
Night game drives are also among the unique wildlife viewing activities carried out in Lake Manyara national park and they involve driving around the national park searching for nocturnal wildlife species. This activity is carried out in the company of a ranger guide.
A big part of this national park is covered by Lake Manyara which is a shallow alkaline lake which is found at the destination. Different bird species and wildlife species can be seen along the shores of the lake.
Canoe rides can also be carried out in Lake Manyara national park during a safari and this activity offers a chance to see aquatic species and enjoy the scenery around. Although the national park can be visited al through the year, the best time of the year for a memorable wildlife viewing experience is during the months of June to October.
Lake Manyara national park can be accessed by different means of transport such as road transport and air transport. Safaris to this national park begin in Arusha town which is a few hours’ drive to the national park.
Get a close experience with the beautiful surroundings of Lake Manyara national park as you enjoy a canopy walk during your safari at the destination.