This is the place Ernest Hemingway described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”;

Lake Manyara Park

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that the rise from the endless Maasai Steppes.

Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes. Squadrons of the banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and any visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

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