Tucked below the imposing Great Rift Valley wall, Lake Manyara NP consists of a thin green band of forest flanked by sheer 1800 feet high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment on one side and by the white hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. This wedge of surprisingly varied vegetation supports a wealth of wildlife nourished by the streams flowing out of the base of the escarpment with waterfalls spilling over the cliffs.
Wildlife is varied with the acacia woodlands shelter the Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions whilst the feeding in the undergrowth or dozing on long dry riverbeds, Tanzania’s densest population of elephant and buffalo can be found.
Deep in the south of Manyara, hot springs bubble to the surface as hippo wallow near the water’s edge. The park’s amazing variety of birdlife includes thousands of red-billed Quilalea, pelicans, cormorants and the pink streak of thousands of flamingos.
The Lake Manyara region is superb for an active safari with, apart from the classic 4×4 safari, canoeing on the lake and mountain biking (outside the park) offered.
The dry season (July to October) is the best time to visit for the mammals, whilst bird-life is best for birding, waterfalls and canoeing.
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