Lake Manyara


Lions climb trees to observe for prey.

Tree climbing lion looking for lunch.

Lake Manyara National Park is noted for incredibly beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. The park lies between the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment on one side and the white hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other.

Seasonal rain and highland streams pouring over the Rift Valley wall support an amazing bio-diversity within seven distinct wildlife habitats.

Lush forest, woodland and grassland habitats, are home to herds of elephant, buffalo, Maasai giraffe and impala. Lions hunt on the shores of the Lake, returning to the acacia woodland where they are often seen resting in the trees during the heat of the day.

Hot and cold springs feed into the lake. The shallow, warm alkaline water expands or shrinks depending on the rain. During dry periods, water evaporation creates a perfect environment for algae and crustaceans, attracting two different species of flamingo.

The 200 sq km soda lake attracts over 400 species of birds, particularly waterfowl and migrants. Further into the park, hippo can be seen near to the bubbling hot springs.

The park was once favored by big game hunters – Ernest Hemingway featured it in his book ‘The Green Hills of Africa’. Today the wildlife within its borders are protected.

Highlights:

Night game drives and bush walks on the conserves bordering the park.

Lake Manyara national park is only 10 kilometers at its widest point. The variety of habitats and abundant wildlife species provides a compact Tanzania safari experience.