Lake Manyara is a shallow, beautiful lake which has a diverse offering of flora and fauna. While most known for baboons, the lake and its surrounding is also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates. Leading away from the forest to the fringes of Lake Manyara are the flood plains. To the south are visible the acacia woodlands. Leopards and lions are in plenty, but can be quite elusive. Migratory birds of around 300 different species can be seen here – including the flamingo, long-crested eagle and grey-headed kingfisher.