Sheltering under the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park well known for its diverse set of landscapes and wildlife, and in particular for its elephants, incredible bird life, and large troops of baboons. The park covers an area of 325 sq. km, though the shallow, alkaline lake consumes roughly 2/3 of this area.
Your first view as you approach Lake Manyara National Park is spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. If you come from the west and pause at the top of the escarpment, the Park lies in a green strip below you, the lake glistening in the sunlight.