Lake Manyara National Park is located within a long, narrow corridor formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the shores of Lake Manyara. The Park offers enormous topographical variety and abundant wildlife and stands in indigenous bush frequented by species such as elephant, buffalo and Dik-dik .
On the plains, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, elephant and the occasional leopard can be spotted. The lake attracts hippos and over 380 species of bird such as flamingos, pelicans, storks, cormorants, Egyptian geese, and spur-winged geese.
Elephants can often be seen on the slope of the escarpment amongst the baobab trees, while enormous hippos cool themselves in the pools along the lake shore. The area is also famous for tree-climbing lions, who make the mahogany trees their home during the rainy season.