Lake Manyara National Park

Location: between the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park in The Great Rift Valley, Northern Tanzania
Climate: Remains hot most of the year, rains in Apr, May and Nov.
Typical Landscape: Soda lake, giant Fig and Mahogany trees, Acacia woodlands, and flood plains

Ernest Hemingway famously named it the ‘loveliest lake in Africa’. Lake Manyara National Park is 329 sq km, and home to the infamous Tree Climbing Lions.

Lake Manyara boasts a variety of wildlife, and is especially famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and endless troops of curious Baboons. This park is a birders paradise with over 300 species of bird including Flamingo, Long-Crested Eagle and Grey Headed Kingfisher. This small but bustling park can be covered in just over two hours, unless you get held up by an extraordinary wildlife sight, which is highly likely here.