Once Ernest Hemingway viewed that Lake Manyara National Park as the most beautiful place in all of Africa. Walking in its winding roads through the lush jungles and grassy floodplains with the back drop view of the blue volcanic mountaintops is a different way to soak with the traditional beauty of Africa. The sheer 600m high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment on one side and the white hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other are the next best opportunities for the visitors to hop into it. It’s surprisingly varied vegetation supports a wealth of wildlife and the streams flowing out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliffs are the sources of water to support its animal kingdom. The sight of the famous tree-climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day is always amazing and incredible for the visitors. Feeding in the undergrowth or dozing in the dry riverbeds is the country’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. Deep in the south of the park, hot springs bubbles to the surface as hippo wallow near the lake’s sedge-lined borders. The park’s dazzling variety of birds include thousands of red-Billed Quelea flitting over the water, pelicans, cormorants and the pink streaks of thousands of flamingos. Manyara is the perfect location for an active safari – canoeing on the lake or mountain biking and abseiling outside the park’s borders. The dry season (July to October) is best for large mammals, while the wet season (November to June) is best for bird watching, waterfalls and canoeing.