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Chances are, you probably haven't heard much about Lake Manyara. It’s one of Tanzania’s lesser-known national parks and is often bypassed in favour of the country’s more famous wildlife experiences. If you’re thinking of giving it a miss, we’ve got one word of advice: don’t. Though much smaller than other northern circuit parks, it packs quite a punch with its animal-spotting opportunities. You could be watching large herds of elephants wandering through the forests one minute and observing a lioness lounging in an acacia tree the next. Safaris here offer a great introduction to Africa’s vast variety of flora and fauna, and unlike the larger parks, it can more or less be covered in half a day. There’s a pleasantly serene atmosphere and thinner crowds here too. To be honest, we can’t think of any reasons why you wouldn’t want to visit.
As well as its wildlife, Lake Manyara National Park is celebrated for its natural beauty. For a relatively small park, it has a surprisingly diverse range of landscapes, with 11 ecosystems in total. No matter which direction you explore, the spectacular scenery won’t fail to impress, from the eye-catching Rift Valley escarpment in the west to the sprawling lake in the east. In fact, it’s this very lake that Ernest Hemingway famously said was ‘the loveliest in Africa’. Pretty high praise, right? Elsewhere, there are marshes, forests and savannah, all of which make a beautiful backdrop to your wildlife viewing experience.
If you’re looking for fantastic wildlife and beautiful scenery, Lake Manyara is well worth a visit. Find out more about this underrated national park and pick up some useful travel tips by reading our blogs.
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