The setting for the earliest Tarzan films, verdant Lake Manyara National Park was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “The loveliest (place) I have seen in Africa”.
Lake Manyara National Park is an unspoiled paradise of groundwater forest fed by underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and some of the largest baboon troupes in Africa.
But its most iconic attraction is undoubtedly its tree-climbing lions, and people flock from all over the world to see these iconic predators lounging in the trees.
Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks. This used to be a special character of the park which is not the case today. Regarded as Africa’s largest, huge herds of baboons are expected by most travelers.
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Lake Manyara National Park is good to visit all around the year. The Dry season (June to October) offers the best view of wildlife when the vegetation becomes thinner and wild animals concentrate around the water sources to drink water.