Located in the Manyara region of Tanzania, Lake Manyara National park is an iconic attraction of Tanzania. Sandwiched between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley the national park acquires 325 km2 land area in the Manyara region.
Previously the region was used to be a place for sport hunting. The national park was declared as a game reserve in 1957. Administrated by Tanzania National Park Authority, Lake Manyara National Park was officially declared as a national park in 1960.
The national park is a part of Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve. The national park’s landscape is quite diverse. You can spot baobab strewn cliffs, groundwater forests, and bush plains as well as algae-streaked hot springs that can be spotted in the area.
The national park is just 1-hour travel by road, reaching the national park is also possible from Babati. It is the capital of the Manyara Region. The national park is connected with Tarangire National Park at the east so most of the travelers combined both the national park in their itinerary.
The national park is the smallest park covering 325 km2 of the area. The Alkaline lake Manyara is the iconic attraction of the National Park. The lake is the lifeline for the birds of the region.
The national park is a great attraction for the birders as it showcases a great array of birdlife. The lake is flowing towards the west of the park on an altitude of 960 m which is 10 ft deep.
Two-third of this park is covered by the alkaline lake.
The lake’s unique character is it is not connected with any outflow water body. The water source of this lake is the underground springs. As the national park offers a great opportunity for walking safari it will let you take the feel of authentic African Safari feel.
The national park is world-famous for showcasing the prettiest flamingos. The alkaline lake of Manyara is home to thousands of pink flamingos. The flock of flamingos creates an impression of pink water in the lake.
Apart from the pink flamingo tourists can spot more than 400 birds. Pink-backed pelicans, herons and storks, sacred and glossy ibis, and black egret are the most notable birds in the park.
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
Lake Manyara is famous tree climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
Dry season (July - October) for large mammals; Wet season (November - June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
July - October
November - June
June - October
Driving Distance: 125 km, Duration: 2 hours 22 mins, Route: A104 and B144
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