Idea #793 – Penetrating Lake Manyara Forest
Lake Manyara National Park is a national park in northern Tanzania. The park is small in size, only 325 square kilometers. The park looks like an elongated strip of land, about 50 kilometers long, caught between the western horst of the great rift and Lake Manyara. In the wet season more than two thirds of the park are covered by Lake Manyara.
The fauna is particularly varied due to the great diversity of biotopes. The tropical forest is the territory of monkeys, whose concentration is one of the highest in the world. Baboons are ubiquitous, sometimes evolving in colonies of several hundred animals. Green monkeys and blue monkeys are also abundant here.
Areas of sparser forest and grassland are home to traditional East African wildlife, including herds of buffalo, giraffe and elephant. Among predators, lions have adapted to a heavily forested environment and generally roost in trees. Attention, it is not a unique phenomenon as one would like to believe, one can observe supposedly “arboreal” lions in other regions, especially in Uganda. Lake Manyara is a major bird sanctuary. It is home to over 400 different species of birds, including large colonies of flamingos and storks.
Where is it ?
Lake Manyara national Park, Tanzania