Lake Manyara National Park

This Park is well known for its stunning panoramic views, beautiful waterfalls, babbling brooks with clear water and hot springs. Lake Manyara National Park is located between the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara, is approximately 390km² and comprises two thirds of water. The rest is a large strip of land that is sandwiched between the lake and the rocks.

The beauty of this park is partly due to a large diversity of wildlife, grasslands, forests and the water. Lake Manyara has one of the largest populations of waterfowl, over 400 species, including flamingos and pelicans. It also is host to large herds of elephants, giraffes, hippos, and buffalo and of course the impala. If you are lucky, you can even see a lion sitting in a tree. This is highly specific for this park.
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At the entrance of the park, you will find Manyara-scrub. The first part of the park consists of dense groundwater-bushes with tall trees, including mahogany trees, crotons, fig trees and various palms. Around the dense undergrowth of the wild flowers, fly countless butterflies. This part of the park is less suitable for wildlife spotting.

If you continue driving into the park, you can see groups of baboon and Sykes' monkeys playing next to the road.

Bushbucks are easy to find and on the road, you will see elephants. Elephants often make use of the road avoiding walking through the dense undergrowth. Furthermore, a large number of leopards are living here, although you must have luck to spot them. If the big cats avoid you, there are always birds to see.

The further you drive in to the park, the drier it gets. Gradually the forest opens and the vegetation changes in fever trees and baobabs.

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The change in vegetation also brings other types of game with them. In this part of the park the buffalo, wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes are found. In the air, the martial eagle and osprey are circling looking for prey. On the Southside of the park there are some bubbling- and steaming hot springs whose chemicals gave the surrounding ground all the colors of the rainbow.

Flamingos are one of Lake Manyara's characteristics, with large numbers estimated at around three million. The flamingos give the lake from a distance, a fuzzy, pink tint. Flamingos also have migration and it can happen that you are visiting beautiful Lake Manyara Park and that there are no flamingos present. The birds usually disappear in the dry season, from June to October, to breed at other lakes.

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