Tanzania 2022 – Lake Manyara National Park

After 2.5 days at Tarangire, we drove to Lake Manyara National Park, 125 sq. miles with more than 350 bird species.

The drive through the park is an area heavily populated by baboons.

As always, we love spotting the babies.

The lake has traditionally also been known for the thousands of flamingos that feed along the edge of the lake.

Scenic Lake Manyara – with no flamingos.

Unfortunately, just a couple of years ago, the tectonic plates shifted causing a huge inflow of groundwater from beneath. Lake Manyara became much larger, the alkalinity of the water changed to something flamingos don’t like — which caused them to move to a different lake to feed.

You can see there was a walkway where you could walk far out into the lake. Completely destroyed when the water level rose.

We did get our first glance at hippos here.

And more giraffe.

Tomorrow: Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage sight and a spectacular wildlife highlight.

More pictures of Tanzania are available below:

Tarangire National Park

Serengeti National Park

Zanzibar

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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