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Did you know?

  • The stomach of crocodile has a size of football ball, he eats little, but many times per day.
  • Hippo weights 3,2 tones and is one of the heaviest land mammals.
  • Giraffe is one of the rare animals that have horns at birth.
  • The elephants walk on tiptoe, because under their heel they have thick layer of fat.
  • The biggest snakes of the world can eat a human in one time and a meal lasts for one year.
  • Flamingos get the color of their feathers because of their specific nutrition.
  • African elephant can run faster then a human and can walk several hours without any rest.
  • In first year of hippo’s life 45% of them die.
  • Shark is swimming with average speed of 3km/h and maximum speed of 95 km/h.
  • Giraffe has a same number of vertebrae like most of the mammals, but theirs are much longer.
  • Bushbabies got a name because of their sounds that reminded first explorers of crying babies.
  • Elephants communicate through vibrations that they make by hitting the ground with their feet.
  • Most of the elephants sleep standing and only 2-3 hours per day.
  • Hippo can stay 5 minutes under the water-surface and can even run on the bottom of the lake.
  • The biggest known shark in the world was 13 meters long and had 15 tones
  • Leopard likes to drink water everyday, but he can stay without it up to one month.
  • Wild elephant can eat 230 kg of food and drink 125 liters of water per day sometimes at once.
  • Near relative of African ostrich is South American nandu and Australian emus.
  • Ostrich, zebra and giraffe can kill with their kick even the mighty lion.
  • Turtles, birds and crocs like to rest on the backs of hippos.
  • African tribes are hunting bushbabies by leaving a palm wine in the forest and collecting drunk animals from it.
  • Warthog can run 50 km/h and they are very skillful to defend themselves.
  • The head of the rhino weights 200 kg.
  • Black leopard or Panther was first considered as different species, but in same family can be puppies of normal and black colour.
  • The biggest turtle in the world is belonging to the species of leatherback and weights 752 kg.
  • The grey rat is living everywhere in the world except polar countries. One couple can have up to 800 babies in just one year.
  • Insect-eating bats produce ultrasound of very high frequency, with echoes that bounce back, they get all necessary information.
  • One of the most shamefaced animals in area of high and low tide is octopus.
  • The longest recorded jump of bushbaby from one branch to another was more then 7 meters.
  • From 1830 on each year 10 to 30 thousand slaves were sold at slave market on Zanzibar.
  • Coconut palm can live up to 100 years but can reproduce only 20 years.
  • Warthog’s only enemies are lion and leopard.
  • In darkness leopard can see 6 times and hear 2 times better then human.
  • Monkey species of red colobus are living only in forest Jozani on Zanzibar Island.
  • Cheetahs are running 120 km/h, but only 20 seconds. This is still enough for successful hunting.
  • Insectivorous bats obtain most of the water they need from their prey, cave bats can lick up condensation.

Lake Manyara National Park

It belongs to one of the smallest National Parks in a country. It covers only 330 km2 and usually 2/3 of that is covered by lake Manyara that varies in it size depending the season.

Location

Lake Manyara National Park is resting in Great Rift Valley and before entering the park, you can go to see exhibition on the formation of the lake and Rift Valley, and what can be seen in the park. The most fantastic thing is that park lies at foot of the dramatic, spectacular escarpment formed by the western wall of the Rift's eastern arm. Amazing is also the fact that in this area there is no eastern wall, but the landscape gently eases into a depression. Lake Manyara is less known than some other Tanzanian national parks, but because its position it has some of the most spectacular scenery.

Origin of the name

The name for the lake and the park was taken from Masaai word for the pencil plant which is often used by Masaai people to build thick fence serving as livestock bomas.

Size makes a difference

The size of the park makes it perfect for a day trip, there is much less driving then in some other national parks and much more time to enjoy wildlife. The best time for photography is late afternoon or early evening, especially around Lake Manyara.

Seasons

Lake Manyara National Park has dry season from June to September with less hazy days occurring in June. Excellent for game-viewing is also short dry season in January and February. The habitats that you can find throughout the park are determined by the geological structure of the region.

Highlight is hippo pool

For most of the visitors the hippo pools are important part of the visit. You can find those pools on Simba River in the north of the park. On the way to the lake scenery and vegetation change drastically, first you drive through seclusion of the forest to the open grassy plains with wild mango and wild date palms. It is allowed to go out of your jeep at the hippo pool and observe abundant bird life that gravitates to the marsh and hippos playing or resting in the pools.

Also not to be missed

In a forest between the escarpment wall and the lake there is full of wildlife and birds that can be fully appreciated by following the tracks. Blue monkeys and vervets are very common to see within the safety of the trees. Definitely you will spot also baboons moving throughout the park while searching for food. Elephants are regular inhabitants of the park especially during the dry seen, but usually they are hiding in the shade of the trees. There are some buffaloes but most of the time they are hiding. You will see some Masaai giraffe and impalas, permanent residents of the park. Most of the visitors are coming to the park to see either some of the 380 species of birds or tree climbing lion. Most of them are sleeping many hours per day and are located in northern section of the park in acacia woodland.

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