Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically positioned wildlife area, endowed with a huge but shallow soda lake covering almost two third of the entire park, this park is placed at he base of the Great Rift Valley on its western escarpment. The park offer variety of habitat which attracts many animal species including largest herd of elephant, famous Lake Manyara tree climbing lions as well as large and colorful flocks of flamingos attracted by high concentration of algae.
Lake Manyara National Park got its name from Masai word for Euphorbia tirucal ‘emanyara’ a milky weed used by masa as hedge to form stockade for their cattle. Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of about 330 square Km of which 200 square Km is the Lake when water level is high. The Park is located in Northern Tanzania about 1.5 hours drive (120 Km) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. Most of our Northern Tanzania safari Itinerary starts with Lake Manyara National Park.
Mto wa Mbu is a Swahili which means Mosquito Creek. This is a town adjacent to the Great Rift Valley growing fruits and vegetables hence been a busy town selling fruits and vegetables produced around the village. The town has become a temporary stop over for tourists and campers. The park is well known for its beautiful scenary as it stretches 50km from the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment with lot of underground water streams flows to the Lake. This ever green Park is home to many animal species and birds which include herds buffalo, elephant, giraffe, baboons, impalas, warthog, hippos etc.
Lake Manyara National Park provides a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to spot about 100 bird species in one day. The highlight include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. The major unique features of this Park are the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion as well as the Sulfur Springs known as Majimoto (Hot water) located on the Northern tip of the Park
The Lake Manyara tree climbing lion are occasionally spending most of their day napping along the branches of umbrella acacia trees five to seven meters from the ground.