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Lake Manyara

The beauty of a thing is not measured in size. Covering only 330 sq km, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania, but has the potential to catch the attention of millions of visitors to enjoy the beauty it holds.

Lake Manyara supports a diverse ecosystem including an array of wildlife and birds. It‘s geographical features a shallow alkaline lake set at the base of the tall wooded cliffs of the Western Rift valley escarpment.

The scenic landscape is home to diverse habitats. Here you can experience the rich mosaic occupied with dense acacia woodlands, shimmering lakes, hot and fresh water springs throughout a year, grassy plains with the 500 meters drop of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing viewers impressive surroundings.

"Lake Manyara" by Marc Veraart is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The hot spring water are 70 degree warm enough to boil an egg.

Though the area is small it embraces a remarkable density of animals. The park has an abundant number of elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, and hippos but the most well-liked are the resident tree-climbing lions.

The lush forest is the playground of blue monkeys and home to an impressive number of olive baboons. A little effort may help you capture the sky dik-dik on the slopes of the escarpments.

The main attractions to behold are the countless flamingos forming a pink cloud on the alkaline shores of Lake Manyara. Encrusted with pink flamingo, the shores of the lake also attract millions of migrating birds which congregate around the algae-rich lakes.

With nearly 400 species of bird, especially pelicans, cormorants and storks make the park bird lovers ‘paradise.

The trees along the entrance gate often support large and pungent breeding colonies of the handsome yellow-billed stork and pink-backed Pelican between February and June. The access to walk on canopy is also available giving a bird–eye view of the ground water forest.

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