Lake Manyara National Park
Top-Notch Bird Watching
Enchanting Flora and Fauna
BEST TIME TO GO
Like most other parks in the northern circuit, the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park is during the months of June to October. The shoulder season (January to early March) is also a good time, especially for avid bird watchers.
Situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions. It covers an area of 325 km sq including about 230 km sq lake surface.
Lake Manyara was used for sports hunting since the 1920s, but a game reserve was established in 1974, where about 550 ha were added to the southern end. The majority of the land area of Manyara National Park is a narrow strip that runs between the Gregory Rift wall to the west, and Lake Manyara, an alkaline lake, to the east. Lake Manyara’s National Park only includes the northwest quadrant of the lake and it is part of the much larger Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve.
Tall evergreen groundwater forest dominated by Trichilia Roka with broad-leaved cotton, sycamore fig, quinine tree, and forest toad-tree are supported by rivers flowing off the escarpment and perennial springs below the rift walls. Trees are densest in gorges, and woodlands on the western shore are dominated by Acacia and Commiphora species.
Lake Manyara National Park also boasts other features including a hippopotamus pool at the northern end of the lake and two hot springs, one near the center of the park, and the other near the southern edge.
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