Lake Manyara is a national park of roughly 330 km2 (130 square miles) in size with a part of it covered by the lake itself. The Great Rift Valley stretch is clearly seen here, with the escarpment descending roughly 500 meters. The vegetation in Lake Manyara area is lush and green.
The forest is dense with ficus and mahogany trees. Lake Manyara is a birding area and over 400 species of migratory birds have been recorded. Lake Manyara is also a good habitat for flamingos and other water birds.
Birds found in the Lake Manyara region include: Ash starling, Gray-headed kingfisher, Palm nut vulture, Pangani longclaw, Peter’s twinsport, Raptors, Silvery-cheeked hornbill, Spotted morning thrush, Yellow-collared lovebird.Other animals to be found in Lake Manyara area include: buffalos, Cape clawless otter, cheetahs, Egyptian mongoose, elephants, giraffes, hippos, impalas, leopards, lions, short-eared galagos (or bush babies), warthogs and wildebeest.
Day and night safari drives can be enjoyed at Lake Manyara on request.
Lake Manyara National Park Lodges and Tented Camps:
- Lake manyara serena lodge
- Lake manyara wildlife lodge
- Lake manyara Tree lodge
- E Unoto Lodge
- Wild Africa lodge
- Manyara Ranch
- Mugunga tented camp
- Kirurumu tented camp