Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

The vegetation of Lake Manyara ranging from savanna to marshes and acacia woodland with many trees makes the park famous for its birdlife. More than 400 species are recorded including the yellow-billed storks, pink-backed pelicans, marabou storks and grey herons into this alkaline Lake.

Lake Manyara National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania contiguous to the north by Ngorongoro crater and west by Tarangire National Park and the dramatic western escarpment of the African Rift Valley.

Covers an area of 330 square kilometers two third of it is a wetland from small hot springs (Maji Moto) to the Lake Manyara with an internal drainage system with no outlet making a home to numerous hippos mammals, easily access of tree climbing lions and flock of flamingoes. Other mammals found in the park include elephants, buffalo, giraffes, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, wildebeest, zebras and leopards.

The species of birds found in Momela Lakes and Ngurdoto crater do differ due to the vegetation of these places provided that they are separated by a narrow corridor of the land. The flocks of flamingos’ and pelicans birds are found in the Momela Lakes with other different speciesmore that 400 are recorded. The animals found in the park include buffaloes, elephants, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, klipspringers, black and white colobus monkeys. Others animals found in the park are dik-diks, baboons, mongooses, velvets monkeys. Formally the park was having rhinos but they vanished after a longtime hunting and a black market of its products abroad.