Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular havens in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area. With an area coverage of 330 sq. km (126km from Arusha Town)., Lake Manyara National Park is very famous for its tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day, spread out along the branches of Acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground. It is also well known for its huge herds of buffalo and elephants, as well as giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals and birds; recorded over 400 varieties.
Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, and the migratory flamingos, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.