From whichever direction you approach Manyara, the first view is spectacular.
From the east, the Rift Valley wall rises several hundred metres to form an impressive backdrop to the lake.
From the west, if one is perched at the top of the escarpment, the park lies far below, with a long green strip of water that glistens in the sunlight.
You can always find hippo in the Simba River, elephant in the forests and a resident herd of Cape buffalo on the open plains at Mahali Pa Nyati, which means, ‘the place of the buffalo’ in Swahili. In addition, there are approximately 400 species of birds
and with some luck you might see tree-climbing lions.