by Klara Fisken
Lake Manyara national park has been my favourite national park so far. This is because the scenery was beautiful, we had finally spotted some lions and we visited a hot spring (which I had never done before). The scenery was different, as at the beginning of the park we drove through a groundwater forest which had many streams which glinted in the sunlight. Later on we visited a hot spring which was around 60 degrees, the water contained hydrogen sulphide which produced the unpleasant smell of rotten eggs. The water was hot as it was heated from the mantle and slowly cooled until it is released outside.
The animals were very similar at each park, however we finally spotted lions which was under strange circumstances as they were resting upon branches
in the trees. This is unusual behaviour in lions and is only found at Lake Manyara national park, although they were quite clumsy whilst walking down the tree. One of the guides who had been going to the park for 10 years had never seen lions in a tree before.