Lake Manyara National Park

Why Lake Manyara national Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. It is administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority, and covers an area of 325 km2 (125 sq mi) including about 230 km2 (89 sq mi) lake surface. More than 350 bird species have been observed on the lake.

The park has a variety of diverse ecosystems. Rivers flowing off the escarpment and perennial springs below the rift wall support tall, evergreen groundwater forests dominated by Trichilia roka with Broad-Leaved Croton (Croton macrostachyus), sycamore fig (Ficus sycomorus), quinine tree (Rauvolfia caffra) and forest toad-tree (Tabernaemontana ventricosa). Trees are densest in gorges, along the edge of streams and in places where springs emerge. Rising at the edge of the groundwater forest are thick clusters of yellow fever trees (Acacia xanthophloea) and the palm Phoenix reclinata.
fever acacia Lake Manyara NP.

Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for flocks of thousands flamingos that feed along the bottom of the lake in the wet season. In 1991 there were an estimated 1,900,000 non-breeding Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) individuals and 40,000 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) can also be found in significant numbers (an estimated 200,000 individuals in 1991) and in total there has been an estimated 1,000,000-2,499,999 individual water birds, however, only 78,320 birds were counted in 1994.

LocationArusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania
Nearest cityCity of Arusha, Babati
Coordinates3°30′S 36°00′ECoordinates: 3°30′S 36°00′E[1]
Area325 km2 (125 sq mi)
Established1960
Visitors178,473 (in 2012[2])
Governing bodyTanzania National Parks Authority
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