During our African Safari with Easy Travel Tours of Arusha I mentioned to our driver/guide Endeni that one of the things I was hoping to see was the many flamingos that I knew where somewhere in Northern Tanzania.
We were at Lake Manyara National Park and I could see far across the lake a possible sheen of pink. Thinking it was my imagination and mid-day haze I left my wishes behind and enjoyed the scenery in front of me.
The camp we were to stay at for the next two nights was on the other side of the lake at the Manyara Ranch Conservancy. A privately managed land with 35,000 acres maintained for conservation and preservation. This unique property is special in its exclusivity and flexibility for safari visitors.
As with all Tanzanian safari camps, a local Masai warrior was on staff to chaperone us in the evenings from our tent to the dining tent for safety. It was quiet at the camp as it was off-season and the Ranch allowed the Masai guide to go with us the next day with our jeep and driver to allow us to explore their lands.
Unknown to me, our guide had spoken with the Masai about my desire to see flamingoes. About mid-morning after our initial safari, Joking between them, they said they “had a surprise for me.” We began a long off-road, bushwacking, jarring ride through the bush and Masai territory.
After about an hour we reached the edge of Lake Manyara and as far as the eye could see the edge was all pink ! So pink that I could only realize that all that pink was FLAMINGOS ! Could I believe my eyes, is the spectacular scene that I’ve only dreamed about was unfolding in front of me?
From all of the way to the left to all of the way to the right, seemingly at least a mile or two and deep into the shallow waters of the lake were Flamingos.
As we were on Masai Territory and I believe on the Ranch Conservancy land, we were allowed to get out of the jeep and get a closer look of this majesty.
While enjoying them, they gloriously flushed from far within the flock and seeing pink fill the air then resettle was truly spectacular.
How did this incredible, once in a lifetime experience come to be? Well, our kind Masai guide had called all of his Masai friends to find out exactly where the flamingos were along the lake. Being a member of the community, we were allowed to travel through the Masai territory. Land where no tourists are seen and as local and off grid as anyone could possibly be.
With such gratitude to these two kind and generous Tanzanian gentleman in making my dreams come true. Pink rules !!
Thank you, it was such a unique opportunity.
No problem 🙂 i bet it was!
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wonderful essay and photos, especially flying Flamingos.
You are too kind BN. So many flamingos, truly incredible.
Simply WOW! How I would have loved to have seen that. Just magnificent.
It took my breath away Miriam. Just a spectacular sight. Wish you could have been there too.
I wish I could have been there too Emily. But this was the next best thing. 🙂
Wonderful to see a sea of pink & a sky with patches of pink.
It was such an incredible sight. Thank you.
How incredibly awesome to be treated to this expanse of flamingos, Emily. Thanks for sharing these photos and your adventure. I have also enjoyed large flocks of flamingos in Africa, and it is something we never forget — I enjoyed the reminder.
Oh fortunate you Jet. So you know how incredible this is. A huge flock like this of anything is breath taking. My pleasure to share and the memories for you.
What a wonderful experience – I’m “tickled pink” for you!😂
LOL ! Thank you Joanne. love your comment.
Never understimate the kindness of strangers. How very special and beautiful!
Isn’t that the truth Fatima. It was such a gift that they gave me. I’ll be eternally grateful for the experience.
The flamingo photos are absolutely amazing, it must have been the most amazing experience.
It was unbelieveable Charlie ! Dream of lifetime. Next time I need to be on the horse!
The colour of the photos look vibrant, and the images very sharp. You must have nice cameras! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. 🙂 Which month did you visit Lake Manyara? Was it April?
This was in March Amani and yes It was a long lens to capture these. Thank you.
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They were included in a separate post Evan. This was just about the Flamingos and I accessed them on private land, not the national park.