Lake Manyara National Park is a beautiful little park of 330 sq km, tucked below the majesty of the Rift Valley wall. At the base of this 600m wall is a scenic stretch of forest which has streams of water running into it from the waterfalls spilling over the Rift Valley cliffs. Further out from the forest are the white shores of an ancient soda lake, with thousands of flamingos forming pink streaks along it.
Although a small park, Lake Manyara is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals. Though famous for its elusive tree-climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons, visitors will also be able to see lots of buffalo, hippos and possibly a cheetah resting on a termite hill in the middle of the day. The park boasts more than 400 bird species, where any one day visitors would be able to reasonably expect to see 100 of these.
The wet season (November to June) is best for bird watching, whilst the dry season is best for large mammals.
A short visit to this serene park will add diversity to your safari experience, as the lush green jungle habitat offers a stark contrast to the other Tanzanian parks.