Behind Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendour and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and, finally, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti.
The quote from Ernest Hemingway, “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”, says much about the gorgeous Lake Manyara National Park.
Set alongside the 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, this reserve in Tanzania features a huge alkaline lake during the wet season and, most unusual, lions that like to climb trees!
The lions in the Lake Manyara National Park simply have to be mentioned first! Lake Manyara is not the only national park that sports lions climbing trees, but is only one of a couple in Africa where they do. Lions don’t normally go up trees for any reason, but in some places they seem to have developed this skill. One theory that Scientists believe is that they may have done this to avoid a biting fly species that were killing them back in the 1960’s. Each generation of lion that followed would have simply copied the habit from their parents and therefore continued the ‘tradition’. So, when in Lake Manyara National Park, remember to look for lions on the ground and up in the branches of the trees! Perhaps you will even get a lovely photo of this strange phenomenon.