LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Manyara was declared a National Park back in 1960. The park covers an expanse of 330 sq km, of which the Lake itself coveres about 230 sq km. the national park is situated at the bottom of the western wall of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and is mainly renowned for its large number of elephants plus the tree-climbing lions.
Furthermore, the park is known for its great profusion of diverse species of birds that not only include forest species but water birds as well which are commonly seen by the shores of the lake. ‘Manyara’ as the park’s name was got from a local word in the Maasai language for the plant ‘euphorbia tirucalli’ which is planted on the fences of these people’s homesteads and cattle stockades.
Vegetation in Lake Manyara Park
Because of the diversity of habitats found within this park, it is competent of supporting large populations of animals, plants species and birds. There are a number of various tree species found in this park, among which are the acacia flat-roofed trees (also called the umbrella trees), sausage trees, yellow fever trees, doom palms and baobabs.
The lengthy dry months start in June all through to September, while the short period starts from the month of January to the end of February. Lake Manyara is a soda lake, whose waters lessen to a great extent in the dry months. Nonetheless the park normally has water all year around because of the water springs plus the streams whose water flow from the high escarpment.
Lake Manyara Safari Animals
Lake Manyara National park is best known for its large elephant population and tree-climbing lions but you will also be able to see big herds of buffalos, hippos, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes as well as zebras together with groups of reed bucks and warthogs. The forest as well as the open areas is inhabited by vervet monkey whereas the blue monkeys only stay in the verdant forest. You will also see lizards relaxing on the banks of the river. In addition, don’t miss out on the mongoose that inhabit the aged termite mounds.These are very many wild elephants all through the park, and are commonly seen in large herds. Because of the dense vegetation it is actually not very easy to see them all the time but all the same you will come across a number of them while in the park.
Lake Manyara Tree Climbing Lions
These have made this park very famous internationally although the reason as to why they climb trees remains unknown. A number of theories have been forwarded to explain this strange behavior of climbing trees. Among these, some people claim that they do so in order to keep good watch of the elephants or for the reason that that they do not want to be infested by ticks plus flies.
Others suppose that staying in the tree branches is cooler than being on the ground. All we can say is that may be the truth perhaps lies anywhere between these given theories. Important to note however is that the lions prefer to lounge in the umbrella- flat topped acacia trees.
Birding in Lake Manyara
More than 380 bird species have so far been recorded in Lake Manyara National park, among which are several migrant species. The Greater plus lesser flamingos are usually spotted in big numbers around the soda lake, with the lesser flamingoes totaling to thousands. Several other bird species are seen around the lake shore among which are the grey-black headed heron, cattle-white egret, marabou-saddle billed- yellow stork, spur winged-Egyptian geese.
Therefore, book today a safari to Lake Manyara national Park and unveil the unique wonders this fascinating park has to offer you.