LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

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Well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingos, Lake Manyara National Park also boasts huge herds of baboons are regarded as some of Africa’s largest. What else can you expect from Lake Manyara?

  • First, the Park gets its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language

  • It has an area of 648.7 km 2 (402 sq miles) of which 262.7 km 2 ( 163 sq miles) is covered by lake and 386 km 2 (240 sq miles) is dry land.

  • It is 126 km west of Arusha town along the Makuyuni-Ngorongoro road and is strategically located along the highway to Ngorongoro and Serengeti

  • It is close to the ethnically diverse town of Mto wa Mbu in which a representation of the 120 tribes of Tanzania is found

  • The park can be accessed throughout the year. However, June to October is the best time for large mammals and November to July is ideal time for bird watching.

  • It is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so prevalent during the dry season.

  • More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year