Lake Manyara National Park is an alkaline water lake situated in the northern part of Tanzania, about one and a half hours from Arusha town along the newly tarmac surfaced road. The park is located on the way to the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti. This park covers an area of 330 kilometers square of which up to 200 kilometers square is the lake. This park was established in 1960 to conserve the elephant population. Being one of the smallest park in Tanzania, it boasts an incredible diversity of terrain, wild animals and plants.
The park is also renowned for the tree climbing lions. There are only two lion populations in the world that climb and one of the population is located in the Lake Manyara park. Many visitors tour this area to witness the lions as they climb the Acacia and Fig trees; probably to escape the heat from the sun. This cats spend most of the day sleeping on the trees. Other animals commonly seen here include the buffalo, cheetah, Impala, olive baboons, monkeys and giraffe.
Lake Manyara is a home to thousands of pink flamingo birds. As you watch the flamingo birds, you will also see many crocodiles and hippo. Other birds found in this lake include the storks and cormorants. This park is a perfect destination for watching different bird species. Over 400 different types of birds have been recorded in this park. The combination of the large mammals, birds, reptiles and a variety of vegetation makes the park a memorable place to visit.
There is only one lodge located on a hill within the remote corner of the park, from where you can have a clear view of the animals. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara, this luxurious lodge is built with spacious bedrooms, sitting rooms, wide open decks and large window areas. All sitting rooms have comfortable cosy sofas which provide enough warmth to the guests. There is a private room where you can have a luxurious massage. There is also a wonderful swimming pool where you can relax after a hot day of adventure. The food is also delicious to suit your taste.
Game viewing is best during the dry season (July to October). During this period, your visitors are guaranteed to see many large mammal species. For bird watching, waterfalls and canoeing, November to June is the best time. Night drive is allowed in the park but only when accompanied by your guide. You can get to this park either by road or have scheduled a flight from Arusha.