LAKE MANYARA

Lake Manyara National Park

A Lake once described by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa", Lake Manyara is full of stunning scenery. From the moment you enter the entrance gate, you are immersed in to a lush groundwater forest, watched by relaxing baboons as blue monkeys dart in-between the ancient trees.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Herds of Wildebeests, zebra and large buffalo congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Heading inland of the floodplain, you can find Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions, and elephants within the acacia woodland.

The variety of bird life at Lake Manyara National Park is staggering. There has been over 400 species recorded in the park with diversity ranging from Flamingos wading in the lake, to the Long-crested Eagle soaring effortlessly above, and the Grey-headed Kingfisher perched on a branch waiting patiently for the next passing insect. It is entirely possible to see a hundred species in one day, even for a first time visitor.

Places To Stay Near Lake Manyara National Park

Maramboi Tented Camp

26 standard rooms; 10 suites; 2 family units

Maramboi Tented Camp is ideally placed to explore the ecosystems of both Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park, situated on a 25,000 hectare communal ranch. During the wet season the ‘pans' of this area fill with water, which attracts huge flocks of flamingoes and other water birds. The camp offers spacious and stylish tents, all surrounded by timber decks.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

67 rooms

Standing high on the edge of an escarpment with panoramic views over the waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge has 67 rooms and is a good base from which to explore Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge offers a good blend of wildlife and relaxation. A range of adventure activities include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural tours of the neighbouring areas are also offered.