Lake Manyara National Park is 126km away from Arusha town, and is one of the most diverse of Tanzania’s national parks, a tiny (325km², about 205sq miles) combining the Rift Valley, Lake, dense woodlands and steep mountainside. Lake Manyara is very famous for its tree-climbing pythons and tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day, spread out along the branches of Acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground. Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake. The lake is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffalo and elephants, as well as giraffe, impala, hippos and a great variety of smaller animals.
Several hotels are based here and within the edges of the park. The hotels range from the very basic camp sites to the exclusive and luxury lodges. The amenities fit all types of clients. Other activities in Manyara include birdwatching, canoeing if water levels permit and spectacular sunsets.