Lake Natron Trips | Tanzania Destination Tours
Lake Natron trips. Known for breeding millions of flamingos. Tanzania’s volcano destination tour, landscapes, an original culture, and many activities
Lake Natron is a unique place in Tanzania. The famous mountain of God (Ol Doinyo Lengai) to landscape, Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, waterfalls, authentic Maasai village, and the beautiful lake which is the breeding site for thousands of Flamingos in Africa (75% of the world population are hatched at the lake).
The Place is located in northern Tanzania on the boarded with Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Kenya – with an area of 1.040 Square Kilometers.
The fascinating lunar environment of Lake Natron invites you to explore.
Why does Lake Natron change color?
Lake Natron is a mineral-rich soda lake, that has halophilic organisms including some cyanobacteria that, like plants, produce their food through photosynthesis.
The red pigment in those cyanobacteria produces the deep red colors of the lake’s waters and the orange colors in the shallow areas. So, the actual derives its color from salt-loving microorganisms that thrive in its alkaline waters
Animals at Lake Natron
There is good game viewing and birding in this harsh landscape with dry country species such as gerenuk, lesser kudu, wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes. Between August and October, millions of lesser flamingos flock to Natron Lake, for breeding.
Lake Natron Facts
- The Lake lies at the foot of Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano
- 2,5 million flamingos come here yearly to breed
- Lake Natron has the largest flamingo migration in the world
- Water temperature is between 40-60°C
- The lake type is Salt – It is 57 kilometers long, 22 kilometers wide, and no more than 3 meters deep.
- Special bacteria and blue algae thrive in this environment and form an ideal breeding ground for the life of birds.
- There is fish called tilapia that alone can survive in the alkaline waters
- The alkalinity of the lake can reach a pH level of more than 12
Things To Do at Lake Natron
Walk to Waterfalls: Take a beautiful walk to the Engare Sero gorge to experience several waterfalls and springs.
You can swim and cool off. This oasis is a beautiful mix of tropical palm trees and volcanic rocks.
Duration: 2 – 4 hours
Climb Ol Doinyo Lengai (Not for everybody): Climb with the moonlight this 3,000-meter-high ‘Mountain of God’ (as it is called by the Maasai). The only active carbonatite volcano in the world.
The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking.
Duration: 11 hours
Climb Great Rift Valle: Early in the morning. You climb to enjoy the dawn on top and be served breakfast – with the majestic mountain Ol’Donyo Lengai in the background. This is a special day.
Duration: 6 hours
Visit Maasai Village: Experinsing the culture of Maasai. Here you will sing in a chorus jumped with warriors while the others continue with the mesmerizing rhythms.
The Best Time to Visit Lake Natron
The best months to visit Lake Natron are during the dry season – the coolest ones from June to August. Is perfect for Lake walking and trekking the Ngorongoro hills and Ol Doinyo Lengai.
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