Imagine the sight of seven mature female lions, each and every one resting in the same three after the long night hunting for food. This is one of the marvellous memories you can take back home after visiting this small, but wildlife rich park at the edge of the Great Rift Valley.
This national park is special because of: Rift Valley (wiki), the tree climbing lions, baboons, blue monkey, the alkaline lake and the dark coloured giraffes.
You can easily combine Lake Manyara National Park with: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Arusha, Tarangire and Mkomazi.
“The loveliest I had seen in Africa”, was said by Ernest Hemingway, after visiting the scenic gem Lake Manyara, which is stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600 metre high Rift Valley escarpment.
Maybe the short, but full of animals and birdlife, game viewing circuits of Lake Manyara could be described as an introduction of what to expect from your wildlife adventure in Tanzania.
You, as many others who really explore this small, but intimate park, will be surprised by how really wonderful experience it gives you.
Inside the park gate, the road take you through an expanse of lush jungle-like forest where battalions of baboons rules the roadside, blue monkeys chatters and play amongst the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Your game viewing here will take you through nature at altitudes between 900 and 1800 meters above sea level.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes.
Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the small cute Kirk’s dik-dik hiding in their shades. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles next to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.
Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. Hippopotamus can be observed at closer range in Lake Manyara National Park, closer then most other places.
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