“A salt or soda lake in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift.”
Located on the northern of the Ngorongoro conservation area, Lake Natron is a shallow, alkaline Lake approximately 38 miles long and 15 miles wide. This remote lake is one of East Africa’s largest breeding areas for both lesser and greater flamingoes.
This is a remote wilderness with limited wildlife, a few scattered Maasai settlement, and rugged sand tracks. You may encounter Maasai tribesmen as they tend their herds of cattle, visit the inland cliffs that are home to thousands of Rappel’s vultures.
South of Lake Natron is Ol- Doinyo Lengai, the only active carbonated Volcano in the world and a Holy Mountain for the Maasai. This steep mountain takes about 10 hours to climb and return to its base. The climb starts at midnight, due to the extremely high mid-day temperatures and to allow the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Volcano at night.
This area has few animals like the giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and few antelopes, but the most activity is to watch the flamingoes, however, there is a road to Serengeti and these could be one of the off the bitten-track to Serengeti if you want to avoid the busy road.
Visit the Lake
- Drive or walk to the lake for an inspiring sighting of the flamingoes and other water birds.
- Hike Ol-Doinyo lengai
- Visit the inland cliff home to a thousand of Rappel’s vultures
- Experience the fascinating lives of the Maasai, and spend time learning more about their culture and traditions.
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Our Favorite Tours Showcasing the Best of Lake Natron.
7 Day | Tanzania Big Five Safari & Culture
Your adventure begins in Tanzania’s biggest breeding site of the lesser flamingoes Lake Natron. Then to the fable Serengeti to deliver incredible sightings of big game.