Lake Manyara National Park
Situated in northern Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park lies between the towering wall of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara.
The waters of the lake with its swampy fringes, the ground water forest, the woodland and the scrub combine to provide habitat for a high density of wildlife. Waterfalls tumble from the terracotta cliffs, streams babble and the lions here climb trees to catch the breezes!
In the south of Manyara, near the Endabash River, you will find 'Maji Moto', literally 'hot water'. These hot springs bubble up to the surface heated by geothermal activity.
Lake Manyara National Park is also one of the best parks to visit if you love elephants - a positive plethora of pachyderms may still be found, although less than in former years due to poaching. It was here that Ian and Oria Douglas-Hamilton lived while they gathered material for their major work on the elephant world, 'Among the Elephants', and Oria's children's book.
Zebra and buffalo graze, monkeys chatter in the forested glades while warthog root underneath and the lake itself hosts hippo (particularly where the river feeds the lake), clouds of flamingo at certain times of year, pelican, cormorant, duck, storks and ibis. The birdlife is wonderful, around four hundred species inhabit the park.
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