Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara stretches for 50 km (31 miles) along the base of the towering golden ridges of the Rift Valley escarpment. The park features a wealth of diverse habitats. The immense soda lake where wildlife such as hippos, wildebeests, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes and zebras gather. The rest of the Manyara ecosystem consists of open grassy areas, swamps, acacia woodland filled with enormous fig and mahogany trees and hot springs.
Lake Manyara is a real birding hotpsot with more than 400 species including raptors. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their everlasting migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. Due to the vastness of the lake, this park is a real birding hotspot.
Day game drives, night game drives, canoeing (when then water level is sufficiently high), cultural tours, mountain bike tours, Treetop Walkway, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
Best Time to Visit
Dry season (July-October) to see large mammals. Wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
Tip from Lomo Expert
If you leave the crater on time, at the end of the afternoon, you can witness the sun go down behind the ridge of the crater. The sky changes from blue, to pink, to orange. A beautiful sight.