This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks, but absolutely worth a visit. Normally 2/3 of the parks consists (230 square km) of a fresh water lake, which attracts a large diversity of exotic birds, especially the thousands of flamingos are a fascinating sight, but also you can find a large flock of pelicans and Pelican Stock. Furthermore Lake Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lions, which look for a big branch to escape the worst heat of the day. In this park you can also find large groups of; wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and elephants, but crocodiles, gazelles, dikdik’s, hartebeest, impala’s, ostriches, and hartebeest, and also approximately 310 different types of birds too.
With a surface of 330 square km, it is a relatively small park, but this means that you do not have to drive a long way before you will spot wild animals. At the beginning of the park you find a forest with large groups of monkeys, which are very curious, and will come to your car to look for some bananas. After that the grass plains and savannas start, you will find a large diversity of wild animals, you also find here a large pool full off hippopotamuses. There are also a number of hot water springs in the south of the park, these sources reach temperatures of approximately 120 degrees Celsius.
Lake Manyara is also famous for its high density of Baobab trees, these are large trees with very big trunks, most of these trees are thousands of years old.