Lake Manyara National Park is an often overlooked destination in Tanzania, generally a quick drive-by on the northern safari circuit. Situated between Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the entirety of Lake Manyara National Park is about the size of Philly, but this also includes the soda lake. The land mass of Lake Manyara National Park is only 50 square miles- think Long Beach, CA. Lake Manyara National Park packs a punch when it comes to wildlife!
Lake Manyara boasts a dozen ecosystems including a lush aquatic landscape. Gobs of birds! There are tree-climbing lions (one of only two destinations on the African continent), giant Maasai giraffe, massive-sized troops of baboons, and large elephant herds.
My favorite elephant sightings on my Kenya + Tanzania safari were here. Our safari vehicle was 360-degree surrounded by two separate elephant family herds. Oooh, the babies! Our safari guide, Titus heard two bull elephants begin to trumpet in the distance. He said, “I think these bulls are preparing to fight for the opportunity to mate.” Our elephant show was then quickly over as the herds headed into the dense forest- perhaps to cheer on their favorite bull.
–Rochelle, November 2019