Lake Manyara National Park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment in an environment of forest, grassland and swamps. It is considered one of the country smallest national parks but with a unique ecosystem and a large variety of animals. Wildlife include the famous tree climbing Lions, one of the largest concentrations of Baboons in the world, Buffalo, Zebra, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Warthogs, Banded Mongoose, Monkeys, Elephants and over 350 species of birds. Though Lions are found in trees throughout Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park has developed a reputation for tree climbing Lions. Hippo pools offer a terrific view of animals whose hide alone can weigh half a ton and is the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos.
Lake Manyara National Park is just off the main tourist highway from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park near the village of Mto Wa Mbu, where the future of Tanzania is exemplified at the community primary school with children from a number of tribes and dialects. The East African country of Tanzania is located just south of the Equator. Over 587,000 square miles in area, home of the continents tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro and more national parks and game preserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. Enlightened game management, strict regulation on hunting coupled with an excellent infrastructure for tourism and guided by professional guide, Stanford Milinga, makes Tanzania a world-class destination for game viewing photo safaris.