LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
L ake Manyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater. The lake itself takes up much of the park leaving a strip of land running down its shores where game concentrates.
Famous for its tree climbing lions, good elephants and baboons, Manyara is often visited for an afternoon’s game drive on the way to Ngorongoro. Overall it’s a great introduction to a Tanzania safari, but a park that is not a patch on its neighbors’. It’s not a first choice of ours simply because of the
low volume of game and the fact that the game driving areas are so small.
Lake Manyara’s game concentrations are not nearly as high as surrounding parks but there are a number of unique species that are reason to safari here. Lake Manyara’s tree climbing lions are the parks main attraction. Why these lions habitually climb trees is still up for debate but viewing a pride
relaxing in an acacia tree is an incredible site. The park is also famous for its elephant, huge number of baboons and due to its varied landscape has an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo,flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, dik-dik and impala. The birding here is
very good, especially raptors.