Lake Manyara is a Tanzanian national park that is located both in Arusha region and the Manyara region in Tanzania. These two regions have no authority over the parks. The national park is ruled by the Tanzania National parks Authority. The main park land area is a narrow strip that runs between the gregory rift wall to the west and lake Manyara which is also an alkaline or soda lake to the east. This national park is over 330km and covered with land, forest and the soda lake that covers as much as 220km ofland.
Lake Manyara national park is also known for the many flamingos that live in the lake. In the wet season, they live the edges ofthe lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. There are more than 400 bird species that live in the park and many remain throughout the year. Since this lake is also good for bird watching, the visitors to the park can expect to see over 100 different species of birds. The other animal species also include; the Masai lions, leopards, blue monkeys,elephants, dik-dik, gazelles, the Masai giraffes, zebras and the Impalas. There are also the hippos at one end of the park where the visitors can get out of their cars and see from a safe distance. The lions and the leopards are also known to laze in the trees while not hunting for the prey.
The park is located 26km south west of Arusha andcan be reached by the car in an hour and half. This national park can also be reached easily from Bahati the capital of Manyara region. The national park is also close to Tarangire national park.
The Mantara region is also one of Tanzanian’s 30administrative regions, the regional capital is the town of Bahati. This region has a population of 1,425,131 and it’s the 22nd most densely populated region in 32 people per square kilometer. Lake manyara is the northern part of the region and its bordered to the north by the Arusha region,to the north east by the Kilimanjaro region, tto the east by the Tanga region,to the south by the Dodoma region, to the south west by the Singida region, and to the northwest by the simivu region and its highest mountain is Mount Hanang.
Lake Manyara is also a shallow lake in the NatronManayaraBalangida branch of the eastern African rift with in the Manayara region in Tanzania. This region is also home to variety of land scape andwildlife. The name Manyara also comes from the Maasai word Emanyara that meanseuphorbia species of the plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead.
The lake also covers 89km though the area changes widely with seasons and the dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. The region is also known for the baboons, the lake and the environs a home to the herbivores like the hippos, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs and the giraffes.There are also the giant fig trees and the Mahogany that is seen in the groundwater forest around the park gates. To the south, there are the acacia woodlands. The leopards are in abundance as well as the lions. The lake also gives a chance for the ornithologists who like to view and also observe over300 migratory birds including the long crested eagle, Flamingos, and the grey headed kingfisher.