Lake Manyara, Northern Tanzania Destinations

Lake Manyara Pelican in flight Tanzania

 

 Cradled in the glory of its surroundings below the sheer majesty if the Rift Valley wall, Lake Manyara lies serene, spreading in a heat haze backed by a thin green band of forest and the sheer 600 meter red and brown cliffs of the escarpment.

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands, chattering streams bubbling out of the escarpment base, waterfalls spilling over the cliff and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions, pink flamingoes and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

At the base of the western stretches of The Rift Valley escarpment, is a small yet scenic park is home to incredible herds of elephant, buffalo, 400 species of birdlife including red billed quelea, pelicans and migratory flamingoes, pods of wallowing hippo, squadrons of mongoose, amazing tree climbing lions and a shallow alkaline lake.

One of Tanzania’s smallest national parks, scenic Lake Manyara makes for a lovely stop as part of a longer safari itinerary. Compact yet richly populated its grasslands and acacia woodlands provide habitat for herds of elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, impala, baboon and incredible tree-climbing lions often found sprawled in the branches of sausage trees.

Two thirds of the park is made up of a shallow alkaline soda lake, home to a sizeable pink lesser flamingo’s population – although the number of birds here fluctuates depending on the water level, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your main reason for visiting. Pods of hippo also reside in its waters.

Lake Manyara’s wet season is from November to June, and this is the best time for bird watching. The dry season is typically from July to October, and a better time for game viewing.


Why Visit Lake Manyara, Northern Tanzania.

  • Lake Manyara is home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world.
  • Undertake game drives, night game drives in Lake Manyara.
  • Experience cultural tours, picnicking, bush lunch/dinner, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
  • Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration.
  • See the famous tree-climbing lions.
  • Mountain biking along the lake that includes a stop at a local village.

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