Lake Manyara National Park 127

'This beautiful park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and comprises of a diverse range of habitats ranging from the rift wall, ground water forest, acacia woodlands, open grasslands, the shore of the soda lake - Lake Manyara and, finally, the lake itself'

This beautiful Lake Manyara National Park is located at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and is comprised of diverse range of habitats ranging from the rift wall, ground water forest, acacia woodland, open grassland, and the shores of soda lake, and lastly the majestic lake itself. You’ll enter the park through the Mto wa Mbu village which is 130 km from Arusha. The lake creates a heat haze which in turn attracts considerable birdlife. The terrain surrounding it contains a rich mosaic of different habitats and supports a large number of animals.

The water is alkaline just like most Rift Valley lakes. The cyanobacteria present in the lake attract vast flocks of flamingos which from a pink hue against a silver background of water. Numerous other water birds can be spotted in the shores waddling around the short grasses including the storks and pelicans. More than 350 distinct bird species can be spotted in this park which makes it a birding paradise. The park can be best experienced in the late afternoon and early morning.

Lake Manyara National Park accommodates a wealth of wildlife which include buffaloes, wildebeests, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, hippos, baboons, and hyenas. The park is however famous for the tree climbing lions.

Lake Manyara Tanzania and the areas outside the park has become a hub for active adventure guests where many stop over to enjoy activities such as horse riding, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing and nature walk safaris.

Summary:

  • Size and Location: 330km² within the Great Rift Valley (230km² of lake arena)
  • When to visit the park: March – June for bird watching, and July - October for Game viewing
  • Climate: Mostly warm days followed by cool nights. Hot and humid during short rainy season
  • Rainfall: 650 mm annually, varying along the north-south axis of the park
  • Altitude: 960mm - 1478mm above sea level

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