highlights and main attractions of lake manyara national park

This wonderfully scenic park, located on the road from Arusha to Ngorongoro, is set between the Great Rift Valley and the sodiforous lake, so hence is often visited en route to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Although the concentration of wildlife is less impressive than some of Tanzania’s other parks, it is known for its famous tree-climbing lions, habituated baboons and large elephant populations. 

With a total area of just 330 square kilometres, the area of the park is compact, but a proportion of the land mass is occupied by the lake itself. The views from the top of the escarpment that extend for miles out toward the lake are undoubtedly stunning, and if visiting the park en route to other areas it is certainly a great place to begin your venture and sets a superb precedent for the rest of your trip.

The park was originally established to protect the elephants which reside in the park.


where is lake manyara national park?

wildlife

The black-maned tree-climbing lions of Manyara can be an entertaining sight as you watch them navigate the branches of the trees before resting lazily on a quiet spot. The other wildlife within the park includes herds of buffalo, cheetah, Maasai giraffe, baboon, elephant, hippo and impala. The lake’s shores are inhabited by thousands of pink flamingos, and other birdlife is also prolific. Water birds are in abundance here, with pelicans, storks, stilts, egrets and herons all seen close to the source, whilst in the forested areas other species such as guinea fowl, crowned eagles and hornbills can be spotted.

Access to the park is at the northern edge, just a 45 minute journey from the popular area of Ngorongoro. This can mean the area gets crowded, but visits in the early morning can help avoid the crowds.

By basing yourself in the traditional Maramboi Tented Camp on the shores of the Manyara you will enjoy easy access to the park as well as a strategic position between Tarangire and Manyara along the migratory corridor for the wildebeest migration. For the best accommodation within the park itself then it is hard not to consider the welcoming Oliver's Camp. 

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