Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is most famous for its lions climbing on to acacia tree branches. The national park is 330 square kilometers in size, of which 230 square kilometers are occupied by the waters of Lake Manyara. The park contains a large variety of habitats such as the rift valley wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodland and areas of open grassland, thus being able to support a large number of species of flora and fauna. Lake Manyara National Park under the wall of the Great Rift Valley has an estimated population of over 3 million flamingos. A total of 60,000 tourists from mainly Europe, America, Scandinavian countries and other parts of the world including South Africa visit the park annually.
The Park has a wedge of surprisingly varied vegetation that sustains a wealth of wildlife, nourished by chattering streams bubbling out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliff. Cradled in the glory of its surroundings bellow the sheer majesty of the rift valley wall, Lake Manyara lies serene, spreading in a heat haze and backed by a thin green band of forest and 600 meters of sheer red and brown cliffs of the escarpment. The Acacia woodland shelters the parks famous but elusive tree climbing Lions, along with squadrons of mongoose feasting on the trail of buffaloes and elephants, the most populous pachyderms per square kilometer in Tanzania in this area.