RETURN TO LAKE MANYARA
Staying a lot of time and having so many wonders available, visits to parks, villages, tribes and everything that Tanzania can offer are the destinations of our trips in a systematic way.
Lake Manyara National Park can be reached in a short time and it is a little gem of the Rift Valley. It is located a couple of kilometers from the village of Mto Wa Mbu, about 125 from Arusha and it is a small park, of 360 square kilometers, the most part occupied by the lake.
The entrance gate welcomes visitors with a cordial karibu, ‘welcome’, and you will soon find yourself in a dense forest that hides an incredible number of animals, protected by vegetation and for this reason difficult to spot. But they are there, just find them!
Our last visit at Lake Manyara, a couple of months ago, had some hitch due to the flooded roads for the heavy rains that characterized Tanzania this year.
Of course, we were not discouraged.😃
The first meeting was perhaps even the most significant from a faunal point of view. On the rocks of one of the many streams generated by underground springs, a pair of hammerhead birds were looking around.
Hammerhead birds make huge nests, even of two meters in diameter, real homes if you consider that there are rooms inside intended for parents and offspring.
A little further on, a small group of three female impalas was drinking cautiously looking at us, but perhaps even more looking for possible, real dangers. Probably the herd was not far away, probably the dominant male had everything under control, probably they managed to drink and return to the group unscathed, or so I want to think.😊
One of the specificities of this park are the immense families of baboons wandering around at the edges of the roads, in the middle of the roads and in the forest. Males, females, very tender puppies that follow the group or decide to be carried by their mothers, on the back or attached to the belly. Most of the time they carry out two fundamental activities: eating and comb through. The latter is of vital importance for their socialization: the mother combs through the little ones or the male does it to the female as a preliminary to mating. It is called grooming.
Always continuing on the difficult and muddy roads, we could not miss a family of warthogs. I find them very nice. The parents’ raised tails always reminds me of the guides’ umbrellas while carrying large groups of tourists in the western cities. In both cases the aim is to be recognizable, even if not immediately nearby.
But the park, as I said at the beginning, is identifiable with the lake for the most part.
Lake that had been overflowing and was housing a buffalo crouched in the water in search of coolness.
A male impala also appeared on the patrol while hiding under a tree, and little monkeys🐒 on the branches of some trees, but shy and elusive, and a couple of elephants🐘 intent on eating.
Some trees have really strange and fascinating shapes and the forest seen from above is incredible. Only there maybe you really understand how much dense it is and how much life can hide inside it.
The visit was complicated due to the problems of the roads and paths, but we lived anyway an unforgettable day.
The exit sign greets with karibu tena, that is ‘come back again, you are still welcome’, kwa heri, ‘see you later’. Yes, because, as I always say, one trip to Tanzania is not enough to know thoroughly this immense land, full of wonders, of nature, of secrets. You must return. You have to live it all.😍