Lake Manyara - Wildlife in abundance
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About Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara is located in the Lake Manyara National Park in north eastern Tanzania. Covering over 330 sq km (130 sq m) it falls into both the Manyara and Arusha regions of the country.
The park is actually set within a branch of the East African Rift. This is apparent to the visitor by looking to the west and seeing the Great Rift Wall (the Gregory wall) whilst to the east lies the lake.
The lake itself is shallow, alkaline and surrounded by a distinct landscape and abundant wildlife. It covers up to 231 sq km (89 sq m) and is most famous for its Flamingos. The National Park is home to many herbivorous and carnivorous animals and extends up to 127 square miles. It is said to have been described by famous author Ernest Hemingway ‘as the loveliest….in all of Africa’.
This is a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 300 species found, and most of them non-migratory. On any given day, ticking off up to 100 different species is not uncommon.
The park is home to a large number of herbivores and carnivores, with the park’s lions well known for taking rests up in the trees.
Manyara region outside the park is a home to farmers. The region’s economy is driven by mining activities conducted for Tanzanite gems including the famed Tanzanite.
Lake Manyara Airstrip
Lake Manyara Airport ((IATA: LKY, ICAO: HTLM) is a regional airport within the Lake Manyara national park area. The airport is located on top of the rift wall and is only 10 mins drive from the actual park.
The airport receives daily Flightlink scheduled flights from Arusha and Dar es Salaam, and sees flights departing daily for Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar