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Famous for the large elephant population which live here and its tree-climbing lions, Manyara National Park is often the first or last stop of a safari. A shallow alkaline lake, its setting lends drama. The lake is situated at the base of the Rift Valley's sheer 600m western wall. The Park's habitat and scenery is one of the most diverse in Tanzania, as is the game found here.

Flamingos gather when the water level is suitable, as do many other water birds. An indigenous groundwater forest is home to many species as are the grassy flood plains and the light acacia woodlands and grasslands. There are hot springs to the south of the Park.