Lake Manyara National Park
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. It’s ground water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.
The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its salty waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.
Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world. In addition to lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the country. Other animals that can be found in Lake Manyara National Park are, Zebras, Blue Monkeys, Buffalos, Giraffes, Hippos, Impalas and Warthogs.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.
About Lake Manyara National Park
Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is the lake when water levels are high.
Location: Northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
– By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
What to do
- Game Viewing
- Night game drives,
- Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high.
- Cultural tours
- Picnics, bush lunch/dinner
- Mountain bike tours,
- Forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
– Luxury Lodges outside the Park
- Public Camping Sites
- Tented Lodges