The Many Landscapes of Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park covers just 125 square miles, but encompasses many worlds.
Springs in the park’s northern end support a dense forest of giant fig and mahogany trees that shelter blue monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, common waterbucks, elephants, and silvery-cheeked hornbills.
South of the forest lies acacia woodland and open grassland. Here is an excellent place to see Cape buffalos, wildebeests, impalas, giraffes, zebras, lions, and gray-backed fiscal shrikes.
Lake Manyara is a central feature of the park, but the streams, hot springs, and pools around it also attract a diversity of wildlife, including hippos, birds like the mountain wagtail, Nile monitor lizards, and even mighty pythons.
And, of course, you can’t miss the cliffs. Dotted with magnificent baobab trees, these spectacular cliffs are a great place to birdwatch—the diversity is incredible! Look for Verreaux’s eagles; eight vulture species, including the critically endangered white-backed vulture and Rüppell’s griffon; nine species of swifts, such as the mottled spinetail and little swift; and ten species of swallows, including the wire-tailed swallow and red-rumped swallow.