Lake Manyara Safaris
The ecologically diverse Manyara National Park is dominated by the enormous Lake Manyara that effectively covers around two thirds of the park. This shallow lake forms part of a system of four lakes within the Great Rift Valley that sustain the entire flamingo population of East Africa, as well as an astounding concentration and diversity of bird species.
The remaining portion of the park offers an incredible range of habitats, from grassy flood plains to dense acacia woodlands, each offering an excellent safari experience. Lake Manyara National Park is small enough to be explored in one day, and combines well with a safari in one of Tanzania's bigger parks, like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire.
Lake Manyara is known primarily for the flurry of pink along the surface of the lake, as thousands upon thousands of flamingos feed on the algae here. In addition, a safari to Lake Manyara is also known for its population of fascinating tree-climbing lions (although these are notoriously hard to find), as well as large numbers of leopard.
Other wildlife that can be found on safari in Lake Manyara include herds of zebra and wildebeest, elephant, impala, warthog, and giraffe, while further out in the lake, you'll see pods of hippo wallowing happily.