Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest, but not the least interesting, due to its situation, between the escarpment of the Western Rift Valley and the alkaline lake of Manyara, showing a big diversity of habitats.
The name Manyara is a masaai word, meaning a thorny bush, Euphorbia tirucalli, which is used by the Masaais, to protect their villages from predators. The lanscape consists of forest, turning into grassland, and then swamps, and finally the lake!
One of the highlights of Lake Manyara National Park are the tree climbing lions! No one knows why, but this phenomenon is seen here much more frequently than selsewhere. Of course, one also sees elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, gnus, ostriches, monkeys, and leopards!
Amongst the 400 differents species, on can observe the flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills, storks, and many others.
When and how to visit?
Lake Manyara National Park can be visited the whole year and is a paradise for bird-watchers. It combines well with the parks of the Northern Circuit, as it lies litterally on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.