Covering about 330 Kms², of which two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara National Park is a small park but very beautiful and contains tremendous diversity of habitats, animals and especially birds.
The Park is located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, and offers excellent game-viewing and birdlife. The landscape is so diverse that its mammal and bird lists are some of the most impressive in Tanzania. The park includes a significant portion of the lake and its shores and also large areas of ground water forest with fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodland and open swamp lands.
Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, breathtaking views and incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and amazing numbers of birds. Lake Manyara’s game includes buffalo and wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk’s dik dik, waterbuck near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment.tree climbing lions The Park has a large elephant population and is most famous for its tree-climbing lion. Very obvious are the huge troops of baboons – which often number in several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest.
The park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life; more than 400 species have been recorded. These include thousands of pink-hued flamingos as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and yellow-billed storks.
Things to see and do in Tarangire
- Game drives, night game drives,
- Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high.
- Cultural tours,
- Picnics, bush lunch/dinner,
- Mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
Best time to visit
At the base of the River valley Escarpment is a small park, Lake Manyara National Park. Unlike the more Savanna dominated parks, its ground water forests give you superior change of the scenery.
It is good to watch wildlife all year long in Lake Manyara National Park but the best time is during the dry season which runs from late June to September
By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.