Heavy rainfall over the past weeks has left Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania, temporarily inaccessible.

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) says the rains early last week caused damage to some key infrastructure leading to the park, making it inaccessible to tourists. Corporate Communication Manager, Pascal Shelutete, told e-Turbonews that the drift for crossing Marera River, nearly a kilometre from Lake Manyara National Park’s main gate, had been swept away, making the tourist attraction temporarily unreachable.

Engineers had been working on the site, said Shelutete, to restore the drift to working order and services should be resumed soon.

The park covers 330sqkm and two-thirds of it has been flooded.

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, it offers excellent viewing potential for local mammals and birdlife. Game viewing includes buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, dik-dik, waterbuck as well as tree-climbing lions. The park has is also said to be home to Africa’s largest troops of baboons.