4 Days Lake Natron Safari

Our  4 Days Lake Natron Safari in Tanzania starts in the eastern branch of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Lake Natron is quite shallow, less than three meters deep, and varies in width depending on its water level, which changes due to high levels of evaporation, leaving high levels of salt and other minerals.

Lake Natron in Tanzania is famous as one of the breeding sites for the flamingos in East Africa. This lake is formed on the basin of the great rift valley on the slopes of Mt. Oldonyo Lengai the recent erupted volcanic mountain and Ngorongoro highland slopes. Our 4 Days 3 Nights  Lake Natron tour will include activities like visiting the waterfall, a short tour to the lake natron, and enjoying Masai culture while en route to Serengeti National park via Lobo gate.

ACCOMMODATIONS IN LAKE NATRON

Africa Safari Lake Natron

Africa Safari Lake Natron is a luxury safari lodge, located between the most important safari parks in northern Tanzania. It’s a perfect base for visiting the most important breeding site in the world for Lesser Flamingos or to discover the different salt and soda lakes. The Africa safari Lake Natron offers comfortable Safari Accommodations with en suite bathroom and king size bed. Or enjoy the ultimate Glamping experience in a Glamping Safari Accommodation with luxurious bathroom and spacious covered veranda.

Lake Natron Tented Camp

Lake Natron Camp is a unique, ecological camp set in one of the most visually dramatic locations in the world! Home to the Maasai, abundant wildlife, and over 1 million flamingos, our camp is perfectly situated for amazing adventures. Lake Natron Camp is home to the Hominid footprints,  the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingo & Ol Doinyo Lengai the only active carbonatite volcano in the world.

Ngaro Sero Lake Natron Camp

Ngaro Sero Lake Natron Tented Camp provides you with locally-sourced, organic meals that represent African and international dishes. In the morning as you greet a new day, a delicious cup of Tanzanian Coffee or tea begins to awaken you. In the mess tent, you may select from cereal, bread, boiled eggs, fresh fruit, jams, honey, and much more.

Massai Giraffe Eco Lodge

Located in Engaresero, a small Maasai village in Northern Tanzania, the Maasai Giraffe Campsite and Lodge is one of East Africa’s newest and most unique places to stay. Strategically situated between Lake Natron, Ngorongoro, and the Serengeti, this campsite not only puts you in a perfect location to enjoy an array of recreational activities but also ensures that you will feel close to nature and to the animals that the area has to offer. Only a few kilometers away from Lake Natron, guests are able to enjoy the presence of giraffes and zebras each morning as they pass by outside of the Lodge as they head to the lake for water – hence the name Maasai Giraffe. The Maasai in this area continues to practice their age-old pastoral ways, keeping livestock and moving their cattle in harmony with the change of seasons. The time-tested ways of the Maasai are environmentally sustainable and beneficial to protect wildlife. Organization of the United Nations has therefore designated Engaresero as a globally important Agricultural Heritage Systems site (GIAHS)

WILDLIFE IN LAKE NATRON 

Wildlife in Lake Natron since most animals find the lake’s high temperature (up to 60 °C [140 °F]) and its high and variable salt content inhospitable. Nonetheless, Lake Natron is home to some endemic algae, invertebrates, and birds. In the slightly less salty water around its margins, some fish can also survive.

For wildlife in Lake Natron is so rare but the Lake is a breeding place for thousands of  Rift Valley Flamingos. They build their nests using the soda flats between August and October. The flamingos feed with the lakes Spirulina algae. Because the flamingos use this area for breeding the lake and its surrounding is under the International concern for preservation. Other animals that inhabit this area are zebra, ostrich, fringed eared oryx, gazelle, gerenuk, lesser kudu, and golden jackal.

Normally, many animals migrate to Lake Natron in search of water during the rainy season, particularly in July from the hotter Lake Manyara and Tarangire regions. Animal concentrations are not particularly high, but visitors are more than likely to come across zebra and giraffe. Flamingo and pelican are the region’s star attraction. Lake Natron is East Africa’s only known breeding ground for the Lesser Flamingo. It is suggested that the extremely hot mud and highly alkaline water protects the bird’s nests from predators.

The lake is extremely remote and can only be reached after several hours’ drive from either Karatu/Lake Manyara or North Serengeti. The road leads from Mto wa Mbu through numerous villages towards Lake Natron (approx. 5 hours). The journey from Klein’s Gate (Serengeti) to Lake Natron takes 8 hours.

Day 1: Arrival 

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel for the first evening in Tanzania. Take the road transfer from the Kilimanjaro international airport to your lodge will take about 1 hour, so sit back and enjoy the ride through the city’s sub-urban arriving at your lodge for a well-deserved overnight.

Day 2: Arusha City – Lake Natron 

Our driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha and you will drive out to Lake Natron. You drive via Engaruka Town towards Lake Natron on a partly bumpy and dusty road. En route, you see many Masai villages, termite mounds, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, and birds such as vultures, ostrich, starlings and Cory Bustards. The transfer takes you some 4 hours. After checking in at your campsite and some lunch you go in the afternoon on a guided walk around Lake Natron the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania (600m / 2000 ft) and famous for a vast number of flamingos and other water birds due to a high concentrate of in sodium carbonate, algae, and zooplankton. You can go for a hike up the Ngare Sero River which flows in the Lake Natron In contrast to the surrounding dry landscape, here you can find a small paradise.

Rise at midnight to a coffee, tea, and a light snack before heading off in your safari vehicle toward the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai, where your trek to the summit will begin. The trek is quite demanding and as there is no shade on the mountain, you will need to bring a good hat and plenty of water. The climb takes about 5 to 7 hours. The terrain underfoot consists of rough scree, lava, and volcanic ash, with steep gullies and furrows to negotiate. Once you reach the summit you can explore the two craters with caution, as one of them is still active. Enjoy the breathtaking views across Lake Natron and the Great Rift Valley. Descend down by mid-morning to the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai where your safari vehicles await you. Transfer back to your camp for some rest and breakfast.

Day 3: Lake Natron

After breakfast, you will visit lake natron: one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. Home to millions of tiny crustaceans, the lake is a haven for thousands of lesser flamingos and is one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth. the area around the lake is dry and desolate. The strangely beautiful landscape is the attraction in this area.

In the afternoon, you can take a long walk to the Ngare Sero river. After a strenuous walk up the stream, you will reach the source of the river, in cascading waterfalls the river gushes out of the mountains. You will enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and under the waterfalls for a nice cool-down from the hot sun. There may be baboons or other wildlife in the gorge. You will return to camp where your cook would have prepared your dinner. Enjoy your meal under the stars before retiring for the night.

Please note that Lake Natron is very hot. It is therefore strongly recommended to bring protective clothing, hat, and sunscreen. We also recommend bringing water shoes, or shoes you don’t mind immersing in water for the hike through the river.

Day 4: Lake Natron- Arusha City 

After breakfast you will leave the camp ready for the road transfer back to Arusha. You drive via Engaruka Town towards Karatu on a partly bumpy and dusty road. En route, you see many Masai villages, termite mounds, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, and birds such as vultures, ostrich, starlings, Cory Bustards, and kites. The transfer takes you some 6 hours. You will enjoy a picnic lunch en-route stopping for souvenir shopping along the way.

What is included in the 4 Days Lake Natron Safari in Tanzania?

Tour Cost Includes 

  • Entrance fees to Lake Natron area
  • Transport in a 4×4 vehicle from your lodge in Arusha to the parks and back (other pick-up points possible, please contact us for the right price)
  • Visit the lake and waterfall
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in our offers.
  • In case of a camping trip: camping gear like tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, camping chairs, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner on the first day of your trip, breakfast, and lunch on the last day
  • Drinking water, tea, and coffee.What is not included in this tour?Request a Quote

Tour Cost Excludes 

  • Drinks and beverages while at the tented camps & lodges;
  • Laundry at the tented camps & lodges and all other costs incurred at the hotels;
  • Change of plan or deviation from the itinerary
  • International Flights, Visa
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees;
  • Hotels/ lodges imposed increase fees
  • All things of personal nature;
  • Tipping for hotel and safari staff (highly recommended especially for your safari guides and drivers,
  • Medical / travel insurance (recommended)
  • All other items not listed in the inclusions list above.
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