Ernest Hemingway once described Lake Manyara as the “loveliest [lake]…in Africa. The lake stretches for 31 miles along the base of the 2,000 feet high Rift Valley escarpment. Much of the beauty of this lake is that it’s surrounded by a great diversity of terrestrial habitats – grassy floodplains, acacia woodlands, rocky escarpments and lush groundwater forests.
The romantic lake also attracts a great variety of equally beautiful animal species. Safarists can readily view Cape buffalo, giraffe, baboon, blue monkeys, impala, hippo, elephant and even tree-climbing lion. In addition, with more than 450 bird species recorded here, Lake Manyara National Park provides for spectacular bird-watching and is one of the world’s most impressive raptor havens. Notable bird sightings include pink-hued flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, long-crested eagles, grey-headed kingfishers, southern ground hornbills and storks.
Circling Lake Manyara is a short four-hour adventure. This makes Lake Manyara National Park an ideal destination for a quick, yet rewarding, safari for travelers pressed on time. While superb game viewings are offered throughout the year, the park is at its peak from June to October.