Safaris around Lake Natron
The drives either from Mto wa Mbu or the northern Serengeti are remote, with a desolate, other-worldly beauty and an incomparable feeling of space and antiquity. On the Kenyan border northeast of Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies Lake Natron. This 58km-long but only 50cm-deep alkaline lake should be on every adventurer’s itinerary. The roads proceed through utterly authentic and isolated Maasai land, with tiny bomas (fortified traditional compounds) and with big mountains in view in a wild landscape. From June to November over 3 million flamingos gather at the lake. This is another one of East Africa’s most stirring wildlife spectacles. Near the southern end of the lake, the views of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano are splendid as well. A real Tanzanian gem highlight!
This gorgeous waterfall hike to see the Ngare Sero Waterfalls guided by a Masai guide. This adventurous walk can only be recommended to reasonably fit and agile travellers. The hike to the first waterfall is quite difficult as there is no clear footpath through the gorge and you need to wade across the river several times. Also expect to do some walking along ledges and clambering over rocks. After viewing the first waterfall the walk continues for another 20 minutes until you reach the second waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to jump into the natural chilly swimming pool and freshen up!
In the very early morning, before it gets too hot, you depart – accompanied by a Masai guide – for a 3 to 4 hour walk to Lake Natron. The walking-expedition takes you through Ngare Sero village where you can see how the local Masai community lives. The Lake Natron area belongs to the Masai and it’s terribly spectacular to see them living and working with their cattle in such extreme temperatures and a barren landscape. During the walk you have magnificent views of the active Oldonyo L’Engai volcano and Lake Natron. As to game viewing expect to see species like; Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu and Oryx. Lake Natron is the best breeding ground for up to two million of lesser Flamingos. The breeding season takes place from September to March with a peak from October to December during which time they cover the lake.