Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a superb example of what the Rift Valley has to offer. The park sits at the bottom of the 600 meters high escarpment that is part of a tectonic crack that marks the entirety of East Africa, from Ethiopia to Malawi. With the soda lake itself running along its eastern edge, the park is a thin concentration of game and is the home to some of Africa’s most famous lions that have learned how to climb trees for a
little rest and relaxation.
Along with the good elephant and some of Africa’s smaller breeds of antelopes, such as the klipspringer and some of the best raptor populations on the eastern side of the continent, this is truly a worthwhile destination. In the very north, the park features some large and hard softwood forests, with towering figs and mahoganies, giving cool shade and cover for the game. As you move down into the park, you will come across the lake itself and the marshland area that is a favorite of the Cape buffalo and the wandering elephant. From here, the park becomes more desolate, with hardy olive trees and boulders that have rolled off from the escarpment