Ernest Hemmingway once described Lake Manyara as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” Lake Manyara is a beautifully calm and serene environment.
This lake is home to hippos and flamingos relaxing in the cool waters, with tree climbing lions and amusing baboons hanging out in the trees. This park will give you high odds on spotting the elusive leopard.
The native wildlife stays in this area all year long but for perfect birdwatching, it’s best to visit between July and October.
Obviously the biggest draw to this park is the spectacular lake. These alkaline waters cover approximately 231 km², bringing all sorts of wildlife to its waters.
In the wet season the lake swells to an impressive size while in the dry season it shrinks so much that you can almost walk across it. During the bountiful wet season you will find porcupines, klipspringer, rock hyrax, and a wide variety of birds all congregating around the water. Most impressive to see however are the large groups of hippo’s and even bigger flocks of flamingos!