We left at 9am for Manyara National Park which was about a 45 minute drive. Manyara National Park is located along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Here the topography is more jungle with a lot of primates and many birds. It is 127 sq miles but much is taken up by the lake. We saw velvet monkeys and many groupings of baboons and had fun watching them groom each other.
Even saw this little baby baboon.
We went to the lookout to watch the hippos.
This is when those long lenses and binoculars come in handy.
We also saw a lot more giraffes, zebras, elephants and warthogs.
This is a national park so you can not go off road – but this group of pink flamingoes was spectacular even from a distance – although one needed the binoculars to figure out what that pink mass was on the horizon. While we saw a lot of other jeeps at the entrance to the park and at our spot for lunch, there are so many different parks to the park that we rarely saw other jeeps while driving around.
At about 12:30pm we stopped for lunch at a spot with picnic tables and had the lunch packed for us by Exploreans. I must say that the bathrooms here and at the entrance to the park were quite nice and very clean with lots of toilet paper and soap. Do not hesitate to make a pit stop here. We were back at the lodge about 4pm after stopping to get gas along the way.