Lake Manyara national park is a small park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Its groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah dominated parks.
Although the park is known for tree-climbing lions, big cats aren't that easily seen. Elephants are very prolific and are the main attraction.
Lake Manyara national park
Lake Manyara national park has good wildlife and is known for its legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on the grassy plains. The hippo pool is a good place to see these creatures up close. The lake is a seasonal home to large flocks of flamingos and a wide array of water birds can be found on the shore at all times.
The forest patch at the entrance of the park is home to habituated troops of olive baboons and blue monkeys. The occasional bushbuck can also be seen here, darting off in the undergrowth. Pairs of klipspringers are sometimes seen balancing on the rocks at the far south of the park.