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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK :

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience rich in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to its dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marvel at the tree-climbing lions
  • Large flocks of flamingo on Lake Manyara
  • Family herds of elephant
  • Stunning mahogany, fig, acacia tree vegetation
  • Great birdwatching destination

Distances and location:
From Arusha the drive to the park entrance is only 1 ½ hours driving on a good tarmac road. Outside the park there is an airstrip where several scheduled flight land.

Excursion possibilities:
A. Horseback riding
B. Abseiling
C. Mountain biking
D. Canoeing on Lake Manyara when the water level is high enough
E. Nature walks


LAKE MANYARA'S FLAMINGOES:
Flamingo's are one of Lake Manyara's hallmarks, with their vast numbers, estimated at close to three million, often giving the lake a hazy, pink tint when viewed from a distance. In one of nature's still unsolved mysteries, thousands of the flamingo's died on the shoreline between June and July 2004, cause of dead still unknown. In 2008 the total population recovered and most of the time they can be seen on the lake. Flamingo's also have a kind of migration and it may be the case that you visit the beautiful Lake Manyara park and not seeing any flamingo's. The birds disappear to other lakes for breeding about 2 to 3 months a year.

GPS Latitude: 3º 22' 35" S
GPS Longitude:
35º 49' 5" E
 
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