From a distance, Lake Manyara is merely a mirror-flat, silvery shimmer on the horizon, but draw closer and you’ll discover a wildlife-saturated haven. Candy-coloured flamingos speckle its surface, balancing on straw-like legs, while long-limbed storks soar overhead and pelicans bob atop the alkaline water. For binocular-clad birders, Lake Manyara is a treasure trove of delights, drawing over 400 species, from hornbills to herons. The lake isn’t just a sanctuary for birds either – hundreds of hippo wallow in its depths, egrets perched on their protruding backs, and a cacophony of animals, including tree climbing lions, grace its banks. It’s no wonder Ernest Hemingway dubbed Manyara the loveliest lake in Africa.
Lake Manyara covers a third of its namesake national park, which lies at the foot of the Ngorongoro highlands and is linked to Tarangire via a natural game corridor. It may be one of the country’s smallest parks but its diverse mix of 11 ecosystems, which include grassy floodplains, acacia woodland and dry savannah, make for an exciting wildlife destination. Troops of olive baboons, blue monkeys and elephants wander Manyara’s forests, where lions can sometimes be spotted lounging in the branches. Meanwhile, in the open grasslands, big cats hunt herds of herbivores, the drama set against a backdrop of hulking Rift Valley peaks.
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