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Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.
The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.
A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience, as the park also features a ground-water forest, acacia tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto. Troops of several hundred olive baboon appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.
Just an hour from the famed Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara is a perfect base for exploring the area and a wonderful park in its own right. Stretching 50km along the floor of the Rift Valley, bordered by a mighty escarpment covered in evergreen forests, mahogany woodlands, grassy floodplains and alkaline lakes play host to creatures large and small.
Lake Manyara attracts vast flocks of flamingo as well as cormorant, fish eagles and a variety of waders, including heron, egret, stilt, stalk and spoonbill. More than 400 species of bird share the park with tree-climbing lion and huge herds of elephant in this small, but engaging national park. You’ll see large numbers of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo, giraffe, the diminutive Kirk s dik-dik, klipspringer, blue monkey and some of Africa’s largest troupes of baboons.
The park proximity to the Ngorongoro Crater makes it an ideal base for this game rich area. Authentic tented safari camps share the park with luxurious tree lodges, all with fantastic guides who can show you the best of this small gem as well as travelling further afield with day trips into the iconic crater where even more discoveries await.