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Lake Manyara National Park









The lake manyara national park is about 130km away from Arusha.It is accessible by the road in the southern direction to the famous twin world heritage sites – Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.


At makuyuni, 80km from arusha, turn to the right and the remaining 50km will take you to the park.Since the road is tarred all the way through, at a normal driving speed, the park may be reached in about two hours.


This park was established in 1960 and has a total area of 330sq km of which 220sq km is the lake.

With the annexing of the marang forest and the north eastern part of the lake, the area would increase to 600sq km. Lake manyara national park is within the great rift valley which stretches from turkey to the Zambezi, and follows the red sea, along the line of the Ethiopian Highlands through Sudan, Kenya,  Tanzania and Malawi.

Following the rift valley to Kenya, the fault divides into eastern and western arms. Manyara is within the eastern arm whose escarpment rises to approcimately 1,200 to 1,300 meters  above sea level. Nevertheless the altitude in the park is about 945 meters  above sea level.

The name manyara is derived from the maasai word – Emanyara – a plant used for making living stockades around their kraals. It is a popular plant  among the maasai community as a hedge for protecting their livestock against predators and cattle rustlers. The plant is scientifically called Euphorbia tirucalii.


On the other hand, other maasai elders argue that it comes from the word “Ol manyara” Which means – Settlement. The outstanding features of the park include the spectacular escarpment of the rift valley wall, on the western side of the park; It is part of the Great Rift valley which stretches for about 8,000km from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River in Mozambique. There is no eastern wall to the Rift valley in manyara as there is in Kenya.





This canopy vegetation also  contains shrubs, herbs and grasses which forms a good habitat for baboon, rhino, buffalo, crested guinea fown, hornbill etc. However, the ground herbage depends on the amount of sun light reaching fht forest floor. One notable feature is that the groundwater forest fed by permanent streams which gush out from the volcanic rocks below the rift wall.

Adjacent to the groundwater forest, there is the Acacia woodland.


It has a total area of 1820 hectares and extends from msasa to bagayo River. The dorminant tree species is the Acacia tortilis sperocarpa. There are also drought tolerant species such as balanite aegyptiaca, salvadorea  persica, cordia gharaf, caparis tomentosa etc… etc. The vegetation is ideal for both grazers and browsers. Hence elephant, impala, buffalo and giraffe find this area to be their favourite ecological niche.


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