Tanzania Travel Guide to Lake Manyara

Watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Manyara.
Lake Manyara in Tanzania is a birding paradise. More than 400 bird species occur at this National Park in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara - Birder's Paradise

Most people visit this Rift Valley lake to view the multitude of Greater and Lesser Flamingos that wash the waters of the lake in a pink hue but there is much more to the region's birdlife than the this incredible spectacle. Dotted along the shoreline and shallows of the lake, and providing a contrast to the pink, are a collection of Storks and Pelicans - and countless other waders.

Birding at Lake Manyara is unique in that the seemingly dominant feature that is the lake is but a part of the eco-system, for this National Park in Tanzania is made up of forest, grassland, acacia woodland and the montane vegetation of the Maasai Steppes. The multitude of bird species at this lake is made up of a wide cross-section of Tanzania species, making Lake Manyara one of east Africa's birding hotspots.

Lake Manyara Bird Species

Birders can see Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Pelican, Cormorant, Stork, African Spoonbill or Egyptian Goose at Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. Other bird species include White Faced Duck, Red Billed Quelea, Long-crested Eagle, Grey-headed Kingfisher or Sacred Ibis - to name just a few of the more than 400 different bird species at this Rift Valley lake in Tanzania.

Tree-Climbing Lions and Leopards At Lake Manyara

Next to birding, Lake Manyara National Park also offers great game-viewing in Tanzania. The grassy shores of this lake are the perfect hunting ground for Lions. These are the famous tree-climbing Lions that can be found in this Tanzanian area. The forests around Lake Manyara are the perfect hides for the elusive Leopards.

Other African wildlife that can be seen in the lake area are Hippos, Elephants, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Warthogs and Giraffes. The best times for a Lake Manyara safari and great game-viewing is between December and February as well as May to July.

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