Stretching for 50 km along the base of the 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush groundwater forest where you see several strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside. Lake Manyara also hosts several elephants, who are generally relaxed around vehicles, making elephant watching a great pleasure.
Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania´ more underrated parks but it has much to offer and many visitors are surprised by how nice it really is.