Lake Manyara National ParkLake Manyara National
Park located about 130 kilometers from Arusha town. Lake
Manyara is set below the Rift Valley Escarpment. Itís
comprised of the lake, the ground water forest, swamps,
acacia bushes and the hot springs to the south. The name
"Manyara" comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is
a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge
around a family homestead.
Lake Manyara National Park is about two thirds lake
and one third land. The relatively small piece of park
land is home to a surprisingly wide variety of animal
life due to the wide range of ecosystems that are
supported. There is lake, marsh, plains grassland, and
groundwater forest. Driving south through the park you
will have the Baobab lined cliffs of the Manyara
Escarpment on your right, and the flamingo filled lake
on your left. You'll pass through the groundwater fed
acacia forest. It's quite lush and there are many dozen
varieties of Acacia tree to see here.
Wildlife in Lake Manyara National park
This park is famous for tree-climbing lions and huge
variety of birds especially flamingos. Wild animals
include buffalo, zebra, hippo, leopard, elephants and
giraffes with darker color compared to giraffes in other
parts of Tanzania.
Lake Manyara has the highest concentration of Baboons
in the world. There are large troupes of Baboons that
roam the park. These amazing animals really deserved
quite a bit of viewing time. They are intelligent,
complex, and sometimes even sensitive creatues
Bird watching in Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is considered to be
one among the best places for bird watching: more than
400 bird species have been recorded here, some of them
being: bee-eater, forest-dwelling crowned eagle, heron,
water fowl, crowned crane, flamingoes, snipes and
Lake Manyara National park is also close to the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park
and is always combined with other parks in the safari.
Day trip is also available.