Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is really two lakes. Well, it is depending on the time of year you visit. In the dry season, with the water level low, it basically splits in two.
Lake Manyara National Park Elephant
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Lake Manyara is really two lakes. Well, it is depending on the time of year you visit. In the dry season, with the water level low, it basically splits in two.

The northern end, where the Simba River feeds in, is swampy with fresh(-ish) water. There are reeds, plants, and lots of wildlife. Hippos soak in the muddy water, and zebras, wildebeests, and impala graze.

The other end looks very different: a vast, flat, featureless plain from the alkaline water. Lake Manyara is, after all, basically a salt lake (or, more properly, a soda lake). The grass, such that there is, is low. Only a few giraffes and wildebeest wander through the hazy heat.

Ernest Hemingway called Lake Manyara “the loveliest [lake] … in Africa.” The National Park, which is relatively small compared with the nearby Tarangire National Park and very different from Ngorongoro Crater, also nearby, is famous for its climbing lions and troops of baboons. You’ll see plenty of baboons, although the lions are harder to catch a glimpse of (as are the leopards). And the thick jungle near the park entrance, is the ideal habitat for blue monkeys and hundreds of varieties of birds.

Photos of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park Elevated View
A view from up on the ridge overlooking the national park. The lake is off to the left, mostly out of the frame. [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Blue Monkey
A Blue Monkey. [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Creek
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Lake Manyara National Park Solitary Giraffe
A solitary giraffe wanders along the edge of the lake. [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Baboons
Baboons taking over the road. [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Dirt Road
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Lake Manyara National Park Do Not Feed Animals
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Lake Manyara National Park View
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Lake Manyara National Park Elephant
The elephant had wandered over to take a closer look (while the truck was stopped). [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Silvery-cheeked Hornbill on a Tree
A Silver-Cheeked Hornbill. [license topic=”Lake Manyara Tanzania”]
Lake Manyara National Park Scenery
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Lake Manyara National Park Three Giraffes
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Lake Manyara National Park Tourists Watching Giraffes
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Lake Manyara National Park Two Giraffes
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Lake Manyara National Park Acacia Trees and Dirt Road
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Lake Manyara National Park Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
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