Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park and is well known for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and three species of primates including the vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. The park boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa and is home to the largest baboon troops ever documented. The Park provides the only opportunity on the traditional safari circuit to see the striking blue monkey. Lake Manyara is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals, especially considering its small size. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks you will visit during your safari.
Lake Manyara National Park fills roughly 125 square miles of territory but the shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of this area. The Great Rift Valley itself is an immense rupture in the earth’s surface, splitting the landscape along a fault some 6500 kilometers all the way from the Red Sea to the Zambezi River; it is one of the earth’s few geological features that can be seen from the moon. It is here, with cliffs towering some 2000 feet above Lake Manyara, that the Great Rift Valley is at its most dramatic.
From whichever direction you approach Lake Manyara, it is a stunning sight. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley, the lake appears like a shimmering mirage in the distance. The mirror like surface of the water reflects the shifting shades of the sky above - from dawn’s rosy hue in the early morning to glittering blue as the sun rolls directly overhead to golden glass as the yellow rays of sunset strike across the Great Rift Valley.