Our girl now being 1.5 year old and my mama visiting us made us decide to go on a short safari trip. We decided to go to Lake Manyara NP for a weekend. My very first safari in 2006 was in Lake Manyara NP and since that time, I came there several times. I had not been there for three years now and I saw changes. Last year, some floods have been devastating the area. The water came from the escarpment of the rift valley through the rivers and took many big rocks. At the entrance, I found that the visitor center and the toilets were completely covered by rocks. In addition, within the park, we saw several areas where trees had fallen down and rocks were present. Moreover, according to what we saw and heard, the habitat of several animals has changed. However, it has not made the park less attractive. Floods are part of nature and that is what I saw in the park also. Manyara National Park is however still highly rewarding, as it was. It is unique in its sort because a significant part of the park consists of forest. Although we did not see any tree-climbing lion, the forest is a great place for seeing many types of monkeys and birds. To name some loads of baboons, Sykes blue monkeys and vervet monkeys and considering birds: kingfisher, black kite, giant kingfisher, hornbill, wagtail etc etc. The combination of this forest, a savannah area and the lake makes this park perfect to start your safari with. On the savannah plains we saw zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, warthogs and here and there a buffalo. The most amazing and very rare animal that we saw here was a cheetah. Bernard, who has been a safari driver guide since ten years and visited Manyara NP a hundred of times, never saw cheetah here before. The cat was a bit far, so it was difficult to show it to our girl. The good thing was that she was really interested with seeing the monkeys that came close to the car and to see the zebra and giraffes. And for me? Although we only saw the butt of one of the big five (a buffalo), I really enjoyed being there again. The sceneries of this park are beautiful. The forest just below the steep escarpment of the rift valley is beautiful. Also, the combination of all colours is amazing. The deep green of the forest, the red soil of the roads and open places, the light green of the savannah grasses, the pink of the flamingoes, the grayish blue of the lake, white of the salty crystals on its shores, the blackgrey mountains at the horizon, the blue skies and the white clouds in combination with all the wild animals make this park a wonderful destination.