Lake Manyara National Park stretches for 50 kilometers along the base of the 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment.  Here in this relatively small National Park, there are many distinct sectors, each with its own wildlife species.  Lake Manyara National Park is 330 square kilometers in size, of which 200 square kilometers is the lake itself.  The park is famous not only for its game drives, but its night game drives.  There are cultural tours with local people, as well as canoeing around the lake, to get a different perspective on the park.

Lake Manyara National Park

There is a jungle-like groundwater forest where you will encounter troops of baboons lounging along the roadside.  Here in for mahogany trees you will see blue monkeys, bushbuck and noisy hornbills flying around.  As you leave the forest for the grassy floodplains and alkaline lake, you will encounter buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra herds, as well as giraffe.  Inland of the floodplain, you will encounter a narrow belt of acacia woodland, where you will find the legendary tree-climbing lions and large herds of elephants.  In addition, there are many mongoose and dik dik, as well as klipspringers roaming around between the acacia trees.  There are over 400 species of birds including Pink Flamingos and other water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.