This list’s taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families and species) and nomenclature (common and scientific names) follow the conventions of The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 2017 edition. Unless otherwise noted, the list is that of the African Bird Club’s Checklist of the Birds of Tanzania. The Club will be referred to as ABC throughout. Differences in common and scientific names between the Clements taxonomy and that of the ABC are frequent but are seldom noted here.
Lake Manyara is Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara is a famous place for bird watching in Tanzania.
Manyara National Park’s contains a wide variety of habitats, which include lush groundwater forests, a swampy fan delta, acacia woodlands and a small grassy plain. This varied habitat attracts a wide variety of wildlife animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, and the algae growing in the lake, attract large flocks of flamingos. This African National Wildlife Park therefore supports a great variety of animals. Lake Manyara main safari attraction is its rich bird life, its tree-climbing lions and its hippos and other animals, which can be observed here, at very close.
Lake Manyara most visible predators, and also its prime tourist attraction are lions, famous for their habit of climbing trees. Why the lions of Lake Manyara National Park and not those of nearby Serengeti and Ngorongoro spend so much time in trees remains a mystery. The acacia (umbrella trees) woodlands south of the Msasa River, do however provide an ideal spot for the Lions to retreat to, in the heat of the day. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
The enormous amount of groundwater pouring through the rock of the escarpment in this area, has created the ideal habitat from fresh produce and local farmers grow everything ranging from bananas to maize in Mto wa mbu. Mto wa mbu means” mosquito creek/ river”, is ery malaria so make sure you put on lots of insect repellent.
In lake Manyara you can see a lots of animals such us impala, giraffe, zebra and elephant are also comoon in this area. A diverse collection of water birds pelicans, storks, cormorants, gees and duck all congregate in abudance around of Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara shoreline is coloured of thousands of pink flamingo.
Past the Bagayo River, an area most notable for its majestic baobab trees, lays Maji Moto Ngogo a fresh but hot water spring (40°C). Near the end of the park a second set of hot water springs, Maji Moto bubbling around (60°C) can be seen – a good place to boil your eggs for lunch!
Activities: Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Night game drives, game drives, village cultural tours, mountain biking, walk though Kirurumu Gorge, visit to local banana plantation, bush lunch/dinner, hot air balloon rides, abseiling (rappelling).
Bird watching, best time to visit: Dry season (July to October) for large mammals; Wet season (November to June) for bird watching and canoeing.
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