The sheer walls of East Africa‘s Great Rift Valley are nowhere more impressive than where they tower over the verdant forests and shore of Lake Manyara. A short drive further east lies one of the continent’s most underrated national parks, Tarangire.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is located in the Manyara Region. The park is named after the Tarangire River that crosses through the reserve and provides the primary source of fresh water for the wildlife in the region. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebra, and it is here that you can marvel at the enormity of numbers of these animals. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas. The concentration of animals is a real feature of the area. This national park is thus the perfect place to enjoy wonderful plains game, and fascinating predator interactions. Tarangire is an exceptional safari destination and one area in Tanzania certainly not to be missed.
Lake Manyara National Park is very well known for the flamingos that call the lake home. During the wet season they are to be found on the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands and are less prevalent during the dry season.
More than 400 species of birds inhabit the region and many of these remain throughout the year. Lake Manyara National Park is thus a great spot for bird watching