Lake Manyara National Park covers the area around the Lake Manyara and is the least visited and smallest of the game parks near Serengeti – other two being Ngorongoro and Tarangire. Just like the other parks, also Lake Manyara has its own unique nature and animals. One of the unique aspects becomes clear very soon after entering the park: the huge number of baboons.
Instead of the baboons, however, the park is actually best known for the tree climbing lions, which of course are not easy to spot in the lush environment of the park. So why are the lions in the park climb on trees? We were given at least two reasons: to escape the humidity, and to avoid the flies (which are plentiful at times).
So should you visit the park: while it may be the least spectacular of all the parks in the area, I still very much liked it and wouldn’t mind visiting it again. I liked the lush surroundings and seeing a lot of giraffes at close range. And of course we also saw plenty other animals, such as zebras and gnus.
If you’re interested in a walking safari and exploring the park on foot together with a ranger, this is also possible. Actually, three men in our group decided to do so and for 30USD per person they got to walk around for roughly 1.5h. While they liked the walking safari, it was mainly carried out in the open areas of the park meaning there’s less excitement about what could be hiding behind the bushes and the animals you see are actually pretty far away.