Lake Manyara National Park is the smallest park of Tanzania. The dramatic western escarpment of the Rift valley forms the park’s western border. To the east is the alkaline Lake Manyara which covers one third of the park, but shrinks considerably during the rains and the lake hosts millions of flamingos and other bird life.While Manyara lacks the raw drama of northern circuit destinations, its vegetation is diverse, ranging from savannah to marshes to evergreen forests and it supports one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world.
Elephants, Hippos, Zebras, giraffes, buffaloes and wildebeests are often spotted. Leopards and Hyenas are also here. Lake Manyara is also home to the famous tree climbing Lions. Just inside the park main gate, the northern woodland is dense, green and overrun by baboon troops; sighting of blue monkeys are also possible. There is also a hippo pool at the lake’s northernmost tip. Between the water’s edge and the steep rift valley walls, the floodplains host wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras and Lake Manyara’s much studied elephants, while the thin acacia belt that shadows the lake shore is where you’re most likely to see abnormal lions. This is the spot for excellent bird watching; tree climbing lions, dramatic escarpment scenery.