Lake Manyara National Park is within the Greatest African Rift Valley, the Park covers an area of 325 sq. kms. and consists five particular vegetation zones with a wide range of flora. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions that regularly laze on the branches of acacia trees.
Lake Manyara Park is sanctuary to elusive buffalos and hippos, giraffes, impalas, zebras, troops of baboons, elephants, reedbuck, waterbuck, blue and vervet monkeys and many more.
The Lake Manyara itself is a magnet for large varieties of birdlife, other species can be found around its shores, including huge flocks of flamingoes.
The park is ideal for a day trip safari, a four-wheel drive is recommended during the rains. The dry season is from June to September and January to February.
Best time: Whole year
How to get there: From Arusha 2 1/2 hour drive or 1 hour charter flight.