Located on the way to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and nestled against the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. They inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands during the wet season, and are not present during the dry season.
More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this, Lake Manyara National Park is a great spot for birdwatchers. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of birds on any given day.
The most famous spectacle in Lake Manyara National Park are the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of the acacia trees. Baboons, blue monkeys, leopards, elephant, cheetah, hippopotami, giraffe, impala, zebra and many more wild animals inhabit this park and can be seen throughout the year. There is also a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their vehicles and observe from a safe distance.