Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park delivered its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language. The Maasai are using this plant to protect their bomas (hedge). The Park was gazette as a National park in 1960 and was declared as Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park has an area of 648.7 km2 (402 sq miles) of which 262.7 km2 (163 sq miles) is covered by lake and 386 km2 (240 sq miles) is dry land. The rainfall pattern of the park is bi-modal with short rains starting from November to December and long rains from February to May, dry season is from late June to October, annual mean temperature is 26.50C, average temperature 11.340C and relative humidity ranges from 45%-85%. The park also has hot sulphur springs in its southern zone, popularly known as Mojimoto, literally meaning "hot water".
The Park located between the Great Rift Valley's cliff escarpment and the shallow alkaline lake, Manyara. The park is close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park.
Attractions: Famous for tree-climbing lions, variety of birds especially and wild animals include buffalo, zebra, hippo, leopard, elephants and giraffes.
Activities: Game viewing, village tour, bird watching, forest walking excursions, and canoeing

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