Overview of the Park
The gem of East Africa
Covering an area of 330 sq Km, Lake Manyara National Park lies in the shadow o the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. The park is a gem of East Africa for its scenic beauty. The game viewing is not significant as compared to the neighbouring Tarangire and Ngorongoro, but for some unique reasons, the park draws the attention of millions of visitors. The unique tree-climbing lions and the breath-taking scenery of the soda-ash lake covered with the graceful pink flamingos enhance the beauty of the lovely scenic park.
The wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara National Park is not as high as the surrounded neighbouring parks. But the park is heaven for some unique species. The main attraction is the tree-climbing lions. The lions are habituated in climbing trees and viewing them relaxing on treetops is an incredible sight for the visitors. The varied landscape also supports a huge number of elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik and impala. Many baboons are also home to the park.
The birdlife of Lake Manyara National Park is exceptional. The Lake is a dwelling place for huge flocks of pelicans and pink-colored flamingos. The Lake also feeds egrets, stilts erons, spoonbills, stalks, crowned eagles, crested guinea fowl and the silvery cheeked hornbills.