Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in the northern part of Tanzania on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. The iconic alkaline lake is close to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority Area. It is home and the largest breeding ground for thousands of Lesser Flamingos. Hosts mount Ol Doinyo Lengai; the only active volcanic mountain in Tanzania which produces carbonatite lava. The surrounding landscape is sinister due to its proximity to the deadly alkaline water body, but it is rich with rare flora and fauna species. Trails that lead from the lake to the Engero Sero waterfalls, which flow over craggy rocks into a natural pool.

Lesser flamingo, lake natron

Lesser Flamingo, Lake Natron

The surrounding area of the lake is also a natural habitat for other species that can survive in this dry and dusty landscape. The species include Kudus, Gerenuks, Zebras, and Ostriches. Lucky adventurers will have a glimpse of a Golden Jackal too. Although the Lake does not contain the same array of wildlife one would expect from the surrounding parks, it is fascinating and worth visiting to see life so close to such deadly waters.

Activities in Lake Natron

Bird Watching and Lake Trekking

Naturally, the lake is a hotspot for birdwatchers and bird species enthusiasts. The Lake is one of the largest regular breeding areas for Lesser Flamingos in Tanzania. The Lesser Flamingos feed on algae found in soda lakes but they choose to breed at Lake Natron almost exclusively. The best times to view these amazing birds are either at sunrise or at sunset when the scorching heat from the sun is not too furious.

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