Lake Manyara National Park is part of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, the top game viewing region in this game-rich East African country.
Lake Manyara is famous for its large elephant population, tree-climbing lions, and huge flamingo flocks, numbering in the thousands. The game park is dominated by Lake Manyara, an alkaline, soda-lake attracting a staggering diversity of birds.
The game park is in Northern Tanzania just northwest of Tarangire Park and to the southeast of the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Together these superb game parks form one of the densest game viewing areas in Africa – the Northern Safari Circuit.
Lake Manyara Park is located 100km’s (60 miles) southwest of Arusha, near Mount Kilimanjaro and the northern border with Kenya.
Running 50 km’s along the floor of the East African Rift Valley, or Great Rift Valley, in the Manyara and Arusha Regions, Manyara is set in a picturesque locale.
In addition to the tree climbing lions and big elephant herds that Manyara is famous for, the park is also home to an abundance of hippos, as well as plenty of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest.
Lion, leopard, rhino and giraffe inhabit the park, along with bushbuck, impala and warthog. Manyara National Park also hosts great numbers of baboons and monkeys, as well as banded mongoose and klipspringers.
With over 400 recorded bird species found in Lake Manyara National Park, a visit to the park provides a great overview of the birdlife in Tanzania.
Bird species include numerous water birds, especially the flocks of pink flamingos, found in the thousands fringing the shallow Lake Manyara.
Other water birds also flock to the park, among them pelicans, cormorants and storks. Hornbill, Spoonbill, Egyptian Goose, White Faced Duck, Red Billed Quelea, Long-crested Eagle, Grey-headed Kingfisher and Sacred Ibis are also found in Lake Manyara National Park.
For game viewing – the dry season (from July to October) especially to see the larger mammals.
For bird watching, canoeing and visiting its waterfalls – the wet season (from November to June).
This compact park hosts an incredibly high ecological diversity – from ground water forests and open floodplains to baobab studded cliffs and hot springs in the southernmost part of the park where Klipspringers live on the rocks.
The dense groundwater forests that look like jungles, feature ancient mahogany trees reaching high up into the canopy.
In contrast to the forests are the game-rich grassy plains, and the alkaline lake, then the dramatic, rocky volcanic peaks towering over the vast Maasai Steppes. A narrow belt of acacia woodland lies inland of the floodplains - hosting legendary tree-climbing lions, elephants, banded mongoose and Kirk’s dik-dik, a small antelope species.
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