Manyara is a small but scenic park, excellent for birdwatching and a good area to find elephant, as well as the potential excitement of spotting a legendary Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion.
Manyara is a good soft introduction to the safari experience. It is a magical and pretty park that wends its way around a mainly forested driving route between the banks of soda water Lake Manyara and the impressive rise of the Great Rift escarpment.
Elephant, giraffe, buffalo and wildebeest can be found grazing in unexpected clearings or heading towards the water to drink or wash, and the rivers and riverbeds provide scenic vistas for possible animal spottings. Warthog seem to thrive here, growing notably fat and tuskered, and it is a natural playground for baboons and monkeys.
The legendary tree-climbing lion of Lake Manyara inspire extensive theorising as to the wonders of evolution, and are also notoriously rarely seen.
Lake Manyara area is not more than 330 square kilometers . The beautiful nature the varied flora and the exciting fauna make lake manure an obvious place second and a day or soon the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
Lake Manyara is situated the bottom of the great rift valley, which Stretches all the way from Jordan to Mozambique. And it has an intriguing ecology and a greatly varied bird life, perfect for bird watching.
380 species have been registered. And at most times of the year, thousands of fallacies have been registered, and at most times of the year thousands of Flamingoes settled down, feeding on algae as a pink ribbon along the Lake.
The vegetation is also very unique, with groundwater forest with high fig And mahongny trees, acacia forest, marsh area and grassland, as well as hot springs in the south. The park is especially famous for its lions, which Have a habit of climbing the trees.
Except from in the Ruwenzori park in Uganda, the lions in Lake Manyara are the only ones who have this Peculiar behavior, which is inherited from generation to generation. Zoologists believe that they have attributed this habit to avoid the biting flies and the heat at the ground. You are lucky if you spot these lions, though. But there are good chances of spotting elephants. Lake Manyara used to have the largest concentration in Africa, but because of poaching, the Number of animals has decreased.
You are also sure to find hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and a lot of baboons.
Lake Manyara is about 120km (1.5-2 hours) from Arusha on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. One can also take a 1 hour flight from Arusha This park can be visited all years round.
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