Lake Manyara lies on the edge of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. It's a shallow but expansive lake, which is often coloured pink by large flocks of flamingos. They're one of 400 bird species that can be seen in a park that comprises a swathe of acacia woodland fringing the lakeshore. Hornbills, pelicans, bee-eaters, barbets and rollers are a few of the birds to look out for during the day, while owls can often be heard at night.
Large numbers of elephants, giraffes and Lake Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions are other notable residents. Although it's sometimes overlooked in favour of the better-known safari parks on the northern circuit, Manyara is well worth visiting for its distinctive wildlife and quieter appeal.