|Size||330 km2 ( 127 mi2 ), of which up to 200 km2 ( 77 mi2 ) is lake when water levels are high.|
|Location||In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126 km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.|
|Getting There||By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.|
Stretching for 50 km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa". The diverse terrain across Lake Manyara National Park means that the mammal and bird lists are most impressive. The forest is home to baboons and blue monkeys as well as bushbuck and forest hornbills. Across the floodplains buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe congregate to graze and the acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions and large-tusked elephants.
Black rhino are often seen and leopard are commonly sighted in the early morning or late evening. Manyara is noted for its wealth of birdlife with over 400 species recorded. At times the Lake is visited by thousands of pink flamingos as well as pelicans, cormorants and storks.