Lake Manyara National Park

Lake ManyaraLake Manyara National Park is home to the 50 km scenic gem; Lake Manyara that Ernest Hemmingway once described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” Although the park is small in size, it boasts over 400 species of birds, tree climbing lions and massive elephant herds. Its ecosystem consists of open plains, lush forests and acacia woodlands. The forests are one of the best places to spot leopards.
The park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world.

Lake Manyara National Park facts

Size: 330 sq km, of which up to 200 sq km is lake when water levels are high.
Location:  In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

How to get there:

By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

What to do:

Game drives, night game drives, canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high.
Cultural tours, picnicking, bush lunch/dinner, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

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