Leopard hide in tree Lake Manyara Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park

On the edge of the Rift Valley lies a charming park, Lake Manyara National Park. It’s one of Tanzania’s smaller parks, with most of its area covered by the lake. This park is amazingly diverse for its small size. The mixture of different habitats, animals and birdlife, is unlike anything else you see in Northern Tanzania. Lake Manyara is known for its huge soda lake filled with flamingos, troops of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views.

Wealth of habitats
Lake Manyara National Park is home to 11 different ecosystems, ranging from evergreen forests and swamps to mountain cliffs. At the entrance of the park starts a groundwater forest with ancient mahogany trees. As you move further, there is a mix of acacia woodland, the favourite spot of lions and elephants. In the area around the soda lake are grassy floodplains where large herds of buffaloes, wildebeest, zebras and giraffe gather. The huge lake forms the heart of the park and its ecosystem.

Troops of baboons
The game in Lake Manyara National Park includes a big number of elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, buffaloes and waterbucks. Pods of hippo cluster in the shallow waters, while you can find huge troops of baboons in the forest and if you are lucky you even spot a leopard or tree-climbing lion. The park also houses the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world.

More than anything else, it is the birdlife that sets Manyara apart from Tanzania’s other great safari parks. More than 400 species have been recorded, including raptors. The soda lake is home to an incredible array of birdlife. While the pink flamingos dominate the lake, they share it with other birds like cormorants, pelicans, heron, storks and kingfishers.

You can go on day game drives, night game drives, canoeing (when then water level is sufficiently high), cultural tours, mountain bike tours and the Treetop Walkway (a walk through the canopy of Manyara forest over bridges).

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