Created 18-Mar-14
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Stretching for 50km along the base of the 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The road approaches through an expanse of lush groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper between the ancient mahogany trees, outsized forest hornbills can be spotted in the high in the canopy.Contrasting with the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.More than 400 species have been recorded,
Tropical, Subtropical, and Scrub forest- Highly Diversefamily portrait of the Olive BaboonWater Monitor Lizard

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