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Park Overview

Lake Manyara National Park is a popular destination because of its breathtaking scenery, the enormous soda lake full of flamingos and outstanding bird life. You can see huge troops of baboons roaming around in the forest, but also herds of elephants and if you are lucky even some tree-climbing lions.

Around the soda lake one can spot a variety of wildlife, like buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, wildebeest and zebras. You can also enjoy excellent hippo sightings at the shallow Hippo Pool. Sometimes you can find big numbers of them taking a cooling mud-bath and hiding from the hot sun.


Rift Valley Escarpment

Lake Manyara is also a perfect place to see the spectacular 400 meter high Rift Valley Escarpment. The Great Rift Valley is a long rift in the earth which runs down the eastern side of Africa. It was formed about 20 to 25 million years ago when the earth’s crust teared apart.

This enormous feature is even visible from outer space and looks like two lines running down Africa. It provides unique and diverse habitats. Enjoy acacia woodland, jungle forest, mountain cliffs, hot springs, grassy areas, acacia woodland and the huge soda lake.

Lake Manyara facts

  • Giant soda lake that covers almost two-third of the park
  • World’s largest population baboons
  • Park stretches along the Rift Valley Escarpment
  • Hippo pool
  • Hot Springs
  • Birding hotspot: 400 species of birds

Animals to See

  • Zebras
  • Hippos
  • Giraffes
  • Lions
  • Elephants
  • Impalas
  • Wildebeest
  • Buffaloes
  • Flamingos
  • Baboons, Blue monkey

Excursions and activities in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Night game drive
  • Canopy walk/ Treeop Walk
  • Mountainbike tour Lake Manyara
  • Cultural tour Mto wa Mbu
  • Visit Maasai tribe
  • Visit Hadzabe tribe


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