Lake Manyara is only a 2-hour drive or half an hour light aircraft flight, west of Arusha to the gateway towards the Northern Safari Circuit.
Adjacent to Tarangire and 130 km west of Arusha, Manyara offers 325 sq. km of incredible beauty set in diverse terrain, which includes the dominant red western rift escarpment that provides a stunning backdrop to the Lake itself open grasslands, and a forest. Manyara has got resident Baboons, also Elephants, Hippo and Plains game.
This wonderland includes solitary items that is the tree climbing lions, and the lake attracts migratory Flamingos and over 300 different species of birdlife.
Part of a far larger migratory ecosystem(that includes Lake Manyara) and dependant on the Tarangire River that flows through its centre, this National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq. km and is about 120 km from Arusha.
Larger mammals leave Tarangire in a mass exodus during the annual October migration from the Masai Mara.
Lake Manyara National Park has a wonderful mosaic of different habitats, which attracts a whole host of animals including a high density of elephants. Look out for monkeys, antelopes, zebras and hippos too. There are also lions and some have developed the unusual behavior of climbing trees for their afternoon snooze. However, they have not mastered the art of dragging their kill high into the branches, as the leopard is so adapted at doing.
For bird watchers, birdlife is attractive at Lake Manyara. Numerous birds are at their peak during the rainy season when seed-eaters, insect-eaters and waterbirds thrive. Nomadic quelea (finch-like birds) gather in breeding flocks of many thousands and fly across Lake Manyara National Park in vast twittering clouds. Pelicans, storks, geese, herons and cormorants share their waterworld with migrant flamingoes, all come to feed on the algae rich water and turn the crystalline edges of the Soda Lake into a vibrant pink.
Waterfalls spill over the escarpment wall and fill rivers, some of which can be canoed down for a great safari adventure. In the south of the park hot springs bubble to the surface but are too hot for a dip.
This blend of different habitats, animals, birdlife, name it, is what you will find in Lake Manyara National Park.