LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
325 Sq Kms
120 kilometers, S. West of Arusha
Here the spectacular Great Rift Wall (that guards the park) drops several hundred meters to the permanent lake. Arguably home to one of the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, Lake Manyara National Park is full of surprises. Tree climbing lions love to lie in the shaded branches of the Acacia trees, so remember to look up. Hundreds of hippo regularly sunbath out of the water here, snoozing under the midday sun- (a sight previously unheard of!).