Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park
Pick up from Arusha town and drive to Lake Manyara. This is one of the most diverse of Tanzania’s national parks, a tiny (325km²) combination of Rift valley lake, dense woodlands and steep mountainside. Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake and were once known for their habit of climbing trees, although this behavior seems to have been dropped in recent years. The park can easily be seen in a day. Most visitors will tailor a visit to Manyara to fit in with a trip to one of the Big Three parks (Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro). Lunch is included during this tour. The tour ends in Arusha town at around 1700hrs.