Africa, Tanzania

Pink date and flamingo lake lunch- Arusha National Park, Tanzania

December 3, 2014
Today’s date took us to lunch on the edge of a soda lake filled with hundreds (probably thousands) of both lesser and greater flamingos with a nice view of the second largest mountain in Tanzania, MountMeru. Further in the distance were cloudscovering Mount Kilimanjaro where we hadsummited days before. Ever since we read about the Great Rift Valley and its animals and scenery we became fascinated with the idea of seeing a lake filled with hundredsand thousands of flamingos. In Kenya, Lake Nakuru’s water level was too high. In Tanzania, we were told LakeManyara would be a good place only to be told otherwise as we nearly finalized our plans. So instead of either of these place we ended up in Arusha National Park.

While there weren’t a lot of animal spottings, we saw what we came to see. Aside from the flamingos we found the park was a perfect place for birding with few tourists and a diverse amount of birds in the trees and on the water. Being on the slopes of a mountain and with the environment being mainly a cloud forest it was difficult to spot many animals. However, there was an abundance of black and white colobus monkeys and baboons. We also found families of giraffe, zebra, Cape buffalo, warthogs and of course various antelope (waterbuck and bushbuck) in more open areas.
The landscape was quite nice and the weather perfect but unless your main goal is to see flamingos I would skip this park. However, if you do decide to go, bring a packed lunch and a blanket to lay out on the grass. You’ll have a great time observing the flamingos fly around, squawk, and swim motioning their necks left to right in the water as they feed on algae.
Entrance fees- $35 per person
4WD rental per day with driver- $150
The costs of the car rental are shared by the total number of people in the car. The more the merrier on the budget.

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