Lake Manyara National Park
When we talk about Lake Manyara, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind its iconic presence of tree-climbing lions, and this part of northern Tanzania is certainly one of the best places in Africa to see this behaviour in lions. Some say they climb trees in order to see further and eye out prey, and others say it’s because it is cooler where the breeze can flow past them. Whatever the reason is, the sight of a pride of lions lazing about in the branches of an acacia tree is very special. Lake Manyara National Park is named after the large lake at its centre, and this is where the park’s next special feature is found: flamingos. Thousands of these bright, pink birds gather to feed in the shallows, while spoonbills, herons, pelicans, storks, and stilts gather to join in.Enquire Now
Lake Manyara itself is a long, alkaline lake rimmed by layers of salty deposits, which is rich in minerals. On the edges of the lake, vast, grassy floodplains stretch out, sustaining plenty of grazing wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, warthog, and waterbuck. The browsing giraffe and elephant are present along the slopes of the escarpment and across the flat floodplains, offering fantastic game viewing and photographic opportunities. Manyara is also in the heart of Maasai country, and some luxury lodges located in the park have some fantastic opportunities on offer to visit this pastoralist community and enjoy a cultural experience. What’s more? Game drives, guided bicycle rides, and walking safaris to fill your safari days. This park is right in the northern circuit, only 120km from Arusha and nestled between Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.