Lake Manyara is an often-overlooked gem of a place, full of fabulous bird life and a large elephant population. The soda lake, located on the floor of the rift valley and next to a dramatic escarpment, attracts flamingos and pelicans as well as other waterfowl. There are several different species of hornbills in residence as well as kingfishers, the strange looking hamerkop and more. The park is also home to vervet monkey, olive baboon, giraffe, hippo, African buffalo, bushbuck, impala and a healthy population of lion among others. There are varied eco-systems to explore including groundwater forest, acacia woodland and a hot spring.