Situated between Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, the Lake Manyara National Park is a small and very picturesque park that lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara National Park is 126 kilometres west of Arusha Town. The park is 330 square kilometres of which 220 sq kilometres form a lake when the water levels become high. Famous for its alkaline lakes and thousands of flamingoes and not to mention its abundance of wildlife, it is one of Tanzania’s unrivaled regions of beauty.
Lake Manyara is for a soft introduction to a East Africa safari. While the scenic beauty of this park certainly makes it worth a visit, the game viewing here pales into insignificance when compared with that on offer in Tarangire, the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.
Visitors go for an afternoon game drive here on the way to Ngorongoro. It would be a shame to miss out Manyara if you’re driving straight past it. But it’s really not up there with the heavyweight big boys in terms of game viewing. However, if you’re going on to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, you’ll see plenty of game there anyway. The life of the birds here is exceptional differing as regards to the habitats. Often, you will see flocks of pelicans and pink shading of flamingos in the middle of the lake.
It has a big number of elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks. This used to be a special character of the park which is not the case today. Travelers also spot Africa’s largest, huge herds of baboons.