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Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a small game park located at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment in northern Tanzania. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in its superb variety of bird species and abundant wildlife which includes the legendary Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion and the famed flamingos of the soda lake itself. The widely travelled author Ernest Hemingway described Lake Manyara as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Lake Manyara National Park enjoys thriving numbers of game due to its protected status following the creation of the park in the late 1950’s and in 2009 the area was almost doubled in size.
The entrance to the park is a comfortable and relatively short drive from the large town of Arusha, where there are several excellent atmospheric lodges at which to relax and acclimatise before commencing your safari holiday. The park is close to the culturally diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu and a very interesting place to spend a morning. From the entrance gate the road into the park travels through a lush forest of giant fig and towering mahogany trees which draw water from the underground springs. You will immediately encounter the wildlife - hundred-strong baboon troops looping through a tree canopy reverberating with bird calls, scampering blue monkeys and nimble bush buck picking their way along the forest floor.
The grassy floodplain that stretches eastwards towards the lake and the dramatic volcanic peaks beyond contain grazing herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and giraffe. The acacia woodland is the terrain of choice for the prime animals - unique tree-lions and leopard, which despite their large numbers can be elusive; immense elephants roam here with banded mongoose and dik dik foraging in the shade of the trees.
The soda lake is at times a shimmering pink horizon of flamingos numbering in their thousands for whom the lake is part of their migration pattern along with many other species such as the Long-crested Eagle and Grey-headed Kingfisher and large wading birds cormorants, storks and comical pelicans. At times more than 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
There are two distinct seasons and each relate to a particular activity – the dry season July to October is best for seeing large mammals and the wet season of November to June are ideal for bird watching, enjoying the waterfalls and canoeing.
Within the park there is some good accommodation and most specially an excellent tree lodge – Tarangire Treetops – which offers an unforgettable luxury safari experience. A short stay in Lake Manyara National Park fits perfectly within a luxury safari itinerary that begins in Arusha and may take in the amazing Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Serengeti National Park which hosts the Great Migration. Definitely one of the best ways to experience northern Tanzania is to have a tailor made safari with your own guide in a private vehicle enjoying game drives to each accommodation stop.