Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. The majority of the area is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara. The park consists of 130 square miles of arid land, forest, and a soda-like lake which covers as much as 77 square miles of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season.

The park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day.

Leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, and more inhabit the park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. Leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.

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