Serengeti National Park (NP)Ngorongoro CraterLake Manyara NPTarangire NPArusha NP

The name Manyara, drives from the plant Euphorbia tirucalli form which the Maasai build a hedge to protect their livestock from predators and poachers. In the maasai language Maa, "emanyara" means to kraal.

Situated within a long and narrow passageway formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley and the shores of a dazzling lake, Lake Manyara National Park is an incredible place to visit. For its moderately manageable range of 330 square kilometers, the Park offers vast variety and abundant wildlife, making it best for a day trip. One can see bushbuck, giraffe, zebra, ostrich, elephant, wildebeest, aardvarks and sometimes leopard. The park also attracts over 380 species of birds such as flamingoes, Egyptian geese, pelicans, cormorants, storks, and spur-winged geese.

The tall trees of the ground water forest are full of monkeys while elephants can often be seen on the slope of the escarpment amongst the baobab trees. In the acacia woodland, lions can be seen sprawled out in the heat of the day on the stout branches of the umbrella trees, while enormous hippos cool themselves in the pools along the lake shore. There are a number of hotels and lodges built on the rift walls at high altitude, which offer a superb view of the lake.