A safari in the Lake Manyara National Park with Ajabu Adventures takes you to a beautiful park in Tanzania, where you can discover several wild animals like lions, elephants and giraffes in the beautiful forests, grasslands, swamps, the hot water springs and not to forget the shallow soda lake, Lake Manyara.
Lake Manyara National Park is located about 125 km west of Arusha. It is a beautiful and relatively small park that is situated under the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The park the biggest part of the park consist out of water; namely about two third. The water level depends on the season. Ernest Hemingway described the park as “the loveliest of Africa” (The Green Hills Of Africa).
Lake Manyara National Park has beautiful forests, grasslands, swamps, hot water springs and last but not least the shallow soda-lake, Lake Manyara. The lake and the dense groundwater forests, which looks a lot like a rain forest, are fed by the groundwater and rainwater from the Ngorongroro Highlands, this is the reason the park is green all year round. A bit deeper in the park it gets a bit dryer, here the vegetation and wildlife is different (buffalos, wildebeests, zebra’s and giraffes).
The park is famous for its tree-climbing lions and thousands pink-hued flamingo population attracted by the lake, making a beautiful background for the grazing buffalos, gracious walking giraffes and wandering elephants. The tree-climbing lions are mostly found in the incredible baobab trees found in the southern part of the park. The hot water springs are also located in this area of the park, Maji Moto. The park houses the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world and an extraordinary variation of bird species, more than 400, including a diversity of waterfowls and raptors.
There is a range of activities one can undertake in the park: game drives, birding, night game drive and canoeing (only with a sufficient water level). Just outside the park there are possibilities to go on a hike or bike safari.