Lake Manyara, Tanzania, and the national park which surrounds it, covers nearly 330 square kilometres and features a host of wildlife that visitors can enjoy while on safari. Elephants, giraffes, hippos, and baboons all reside within the park, alongside countless other creatures including exotic birds, flamingos and kingfisher in particular. Though many come to see the wildlife in its natural habitat the lake itself, Lake Manyara, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in all of Africa.
The shores of the lake are also home to a variety of flora, from fig and acacia trees to the emanyara plant, from which the name of the Lake Manyara, Tanzania is derived.
Travel Tales was fortunate enough to spend a day on safari in the region, looping around the lake and capturing many of the sites and sounds that await visitors. It is here for you to enjoy.
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
As Travel Tales explains, from their time at Lake Manyara;
“For hundreds of years people have gathered in the area now known as Lake Manyara National Park for shade, fresh water and rest. Cultures and languages have met and mixed here for longer than recorded history. Only in the last one hundred years has Manyara been settled … and become a famous area for trophy hunting, wild animal capture, cinematography (most notably the John Wayne film “Hatari”), wildlife research, malaria, banana and rice farming; and now conservation. The park is registered by the United Nations as a “biosphere reserve”.
The rich diversity of Manyara’s wildlife is the result of its location in the Rift Valley and it’s abundance of water. As continental plates separated volcanoes erupted, forming features like Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. In this park the land collapsed below the high rift wall as the plates continued to separate … a process which is still occurring. The Great Rift Valley stretches 10,000 km (6,500 miles) from Jordan in the Middle East to Mozambique in Southern Africa; one of the few visible fissures in the earth’s surface.”
Lake Manyara, Tanzania should not be missed if you are travelling in the region. You can enjoy more moments from Tanzania here.