Looking down from the western Rift wall along the road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is easy to see why Lake Manyara National Park was once described as “The Emerald of Africa”.
The lake shimmers below in the heat haze, home to flamingos, pelicans and innumerable water birds. Between the lake and the Rift, the park, with one main road and several loops, stands out in luscious greens that contrast with the arid, brown and windswept countryside.
Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its tree-climbing lions. Why they do so is unknown, the most likely explanation is that they climb into the branches to getaway from the unwelcomed attention of flies and large mammals that may threaten them.
Flora / Fauna
Lake (2/3), forest, grassland.
Elephant, buffalo, tree-climbing lion, hippopotamus, impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, bushbuck, leopard, baboon, lesser flamingo, greater flamingos, white pelican, yellow-billed stork, white-breasted cormorant, palm-nut vulture, Ayres’ hawk-eagle, Nile monitor and cobra.