L akenManyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from
Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater. The lake itself takes
up much of the park leaving a strip of land running down
its shores where game concentrates. Famous for its tree
climbing lions, good elephants and baboons, Manyara is
often visited for an afternoon’s game drive on the way to Ngorongoro.
Overall it’s a great introduction to a Tanzania safari, but a park that is not a
patch on its neighbours. It’s not a first choice of ours simply because of the
low volume of game and the fact that the game driving areas are so small.
But a lovely little park to stop off at and have lunch at the start of your safari.
1.3. Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara’s game concentrations are not nearly as high as surrounding
parks but there are a number of unique species that are reason to safari
here. Lake Manyara’s tree climbing lions are the parks main attraction. Why
these lions habitually climb trees is still up for debate but viewing a pride
relaxing in an acacia tree is an incredible site. The park is also famous for
its elephant, huge number of baboons and due to its varied landscape has
an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo,
flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, dik-dik and impala. The birding here is
very good, especially raptors.