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Canoeing at Lake Manyara | Arusha Day Tours

Canoing at Lake Manyara near Mto wa Mbu: Guest at Lake Manyara can now enjoy the unprecedented experience of waterside game viewing. From the safe shallow waters of this beautiful soda lake, guests paddle silently along the shoreline in two-man canoes. Drifting past buffalo, giraffe and elephants on the banks and walloping hippo and fabulous aquatic bird life in the water, this is a most unusual and memorable safari seeing wildlife from a whole new perspective. “Wildlife from Water”

What is included: Transfer to and from the launching site.  This includes a game drive along the way.  A total of one and a half to two hours will be spent on the water, with one qualified, experienced guide per group; quality two-man canoes, dry bags, back rests, paddles and foot wash.  Transfer to and from Lake Manyara National Park.

What to expect: A guide will lead you to the launching site, which is only a gentle stroll from the hotel.  Here you will go aboard a stable two-man canoe.  The guide will escort you along the shores of the lake, all the way around, and back to the launching site.  During this leisurely paddle, you will encounter interesting bird life, experience the awesome beauty of this secluded portion of serene nature and breathe the fresh African air.

Length of entire excursion Approximately 5 hours of which 1.5 to 2 hours are spent canoeing.

How to get to lake Manyara

The park is part of the popular northern safari circuit. Arusha is the gateway town and the best way to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

There are flights from Arusha and the Serengeti to Manyara’s airstrip, but the trip from Arusha on the tarred road only takes 1½ hours by car.

Coming from the Ngorongoro Crater, the driving time is about two hours to cover the 80km/50mi.

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