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Lake Manyara National Park

One of the most scenic lakes in Africa surrounded by forests and with the Rift Valley walls beyond, this small park offers a different landscape to other Tanzania Parkss and offers the chance to see the famous tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara National Park is a small but beautiful reserve of some 125 square miles. Three quarters of its area is the lake itself, a shallow alkaline lake and the flood plains that surround it. It also has giant fig and mahogany trees and areas of acacia forest. The area is well supplied with underground springs bringing water from the lands above the Manyara basin, giving lush grazing that attracts plenty of game. The land area of the park is located west of the lake, hemmed in on the other side by the Great Rift wall.

The Park is perhaps best known for its tree-climbing lions and its baboons but the grazing also attracts Hippo, elephants, wildebeest, giraffe and Buffalo. There is a good leopard population in the Park, but because of the terrain they are, as ever, hard to see. For the ornithologist there are over 300 migratory bird species to spot, including flamingos and the long-crested Eagle. The visitor to the Park gets a great variety of terrain on game-drives, from the ancient forests, to thick scrubland, to the lakeside flood plains. While not being the largest park, it does add a different dimension to a safari in Tanzania, enjoying the sight of the lake shimmering in the African heat, often with large flocks of flamingos feeding in its shallow waters. There are several lodges and camps within the Park or on its boundaries, or some people choose to do it as a long day-trip from Arusha, about 1 and a half hour distant.


One luxury tree house-style camp, public bandas and campsites inside the park.
One luxury tented camp and three lodges perched on the Rift Wall outside the park overlooking the lake. Several guesthouses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.


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