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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake 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 pratincoles.

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.


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Girafee in Lake Manyara National park
Lake Manyara birdlife and a hippo
Lake Manyara Elephant
Tree climbing lion of Lake Manyara



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