Night game drives
Offering a night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park is unique to the National Parks in East Africa. The drives are currently being operated by Green Footprint Adventures on a trial period for Tanzanian National Parks.
Lake Manyara is the ideal location for this activity because of its many ecosystems. It is said to have 11 different systems; with the lake, the rift valley cliffs, ground water forest, Ngorongoro highlands and the dry Tarangire system all close by - the area is a melting pot for all types of animals and plants. Manyara National Park have good reliable water year round and animals here are in prime condition making wildlife viewing even better. The lesser-seen animals are generally active at night and Lake Manyara National Park are full of them!
We will meet you at the Lake Manyara National Park gate at 19:30. Here you will be introduced to your guides and be given a brief introduction talk about the 'do's and don'ts' while on a night game drive. Your drive should start around 20:00 from where you head in to the thick ground-water forest of Lake Manyara. Porcupines, genets and civet cats are frequent visitors to the forest. From the forest you head down towards the lake following the Simba River to the hippo pools. Hippos are nocturnal animals (active by night) and it is highly likely to see many of these beasts grazing on the side of the road. It is a rare sight to see a hippo out of the water.
Lake Manyara is well known for a large number of Leopards and although it is not a common occurrence these elusive cats are spotted on a regular basis. Lion sightings are more common and where lions are mostly sleeping in day time at night they are almost always active! These cats can be seen in Acacia woodlands and savanna areas where the drive will go through later in the evening.
Your drive will return back through the ground water forest and have you back at the park gate around 22:30. We can either leave you at the gate to be collected by your safari driver or we can take you to the Serena Manyara Lodge for collection.
A few notes on the night drive park fees:
Tanzanian National Park fees for the drive is as follow:
US$35 for the normal park fee. This is a 24-hour permit and can obviously also be used to gain access to the park in day time.
US$50 fee for the night drive. Both these fees should be paid to the National Park gate before 18:00. The guests should have the permit when arriving for the night drive and should present this to the park rangers upon entrance to the National Park.
Dinner: We do not provide dinner during the drive. Guests should either have an early dinner at the lodge they over night or arrange to bring a dinner box with them on the drive.
Payment to Green Footprint Adventures should happen prior to the night drive exempt if other wise arranged with our bookings office in writing.