Characterised by cliffs, verdant acacia woodlands, open savannahs, and reflective waters, Lake Manyara’s diverse landscape is home to an array of wildlife. Its shores see hippos wallowing in its alkaline waters alongside flamingos picking at succulent treats hidden beneath the surface. Zebra and giraffe rest languidly on the open grassland, ears pricked for any sign of movement from the woodlands hiding the elusive leopards and tree-loving lions commonly found in the area.
Lake Manyara provides water for its annual influx of migratory residents moving between the Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro highlands, and the Serengeti National Park via the Kwakuchinja Wildlife Corridor. Animals that are commonly found around Lake Manyara are elephants, wildebeest, warthogs, and buffalo. Keep an eye on the sky and the surrounding trees as the lake has an exceptional number of migratory birds, including the grey-headed kingfisher, long-crested eagle, and flamingos.
The neighbouring Manyara Ranch, home to the 14,000-hecatre Manyara Ranch Conservancy, is also an excellent spot for observing migrating wildlife. Only 90 minutes from the city of Arusha and its convenient location near to the setting of the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park make Lake Manyara an interesting add-on to your itinerary when exploring northern Tanzania.
- Lake Manyara’s diverse landscape sees migratory animals pass through its boundaries
- Near to the world’s only intact caldera found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and East Africa’s flamingo breeding-hub in Lake Natron
- A wide selection of wildlife including elephants, lions, leopards, and giraffe live in the area
- A convenient stopover between Arusha and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area or Serengeti National Park
- An area of interest for avid birdwatchers and those studying migratory birds