Lake Manyara National Park is located at the borders of Arusha and Manyara Regions of northern Tanzania. The park can be reached by road in one and a half hours from Arusha.
The park can also be reached via Babati, the capital of Manyara Region. This park is close to Tarangire National Park The major part of the park is a narrow strip running from the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, (an alkaline or soda-lake) to the east.
The park consists of 330 km2 of arid land, forest, and a seasonal soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 of land
Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake during the wet season occupying the edges in thousands of flocks but they migrate during the dry season.
Besides the flamingoes, Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. There are more than 400 species have been recorded.
A first-time visitor to Africa might observe over 100 birds in a day.
The most captivating event in the park, is the migration of the pink-hued flamingoes and pelicans during their continuous migrations One also gets a chance to see leopards, lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Masai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals
There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where you can get out of your car and view from a far.
Besides these wild animals, there is Lake Manyara (an alkaline soda lake) which is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrive on its brackish waters.
The pink flamingoes stoop and graze at the thousands of colorful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore.
The yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park The famous tree climbing lions is another reason why one should visit this park. This is a class of its kind in the world. The park is also home to the largest number of baboons worldwide.
Since it’s along the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti national park, one can also choose to visit the two destinations.