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Tanzania Safari and Lake Natron Tour

Updated: Apr 10

Tanzania Safari and Lake Natron Tour
Tanzania Safari and Lake Natron Tour

Embarking on a Tanzania Safari that includes a visit to Lake Natron promises an adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the unique charm of one of East Africa's most captivating destinations. Let's delve into the allure of this combined safari and Lake Natron tour.

Tanzania Safari.

Tanzania, home to some of Africa's most iconic national parks, provides an immersive safari experience. Serengeti National Park, renowned for the Great Migration, offers a front-row seat to the spectacle of wildebeest and zebras crossing the plains. The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife, making it a must-visit destination.

Tarangire National Park, with its ancient baobab trees and large elephant herds, adds another layer of diversity to the Tanzanian safari experience. A carefully curated safari itinerary ensures encounters with the Big Five and numerous other species, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Tanzania Safari and Lake Natron Tour
Tanzania Safari and Lake Natron Tour

Lake Natron.

Nestled in the northern part of Tanzania, Lake Natron is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This alkaline lake, tinged with hues of pink and orange, serves as a breeding ground for flamingos. The surreal landscape surrounding the lake, featuring volcanic craters and the distant silhouette of the Rift Valley, adds an ethereal touch to the journey.

Lake Natron is near Ol Doinyo Lengai, which you can see in the south. It's a big lake, about 56 km long and 24 km wide, but the water level changes because of evaporation. The lake is shallow and has different springs, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, and hot springs. The surface of Lake Natron has a pinkish-white crust due to high salt, magnesite, and sodium carbonate.

Around the lake, you can find attractions like volcanic craters, waterfalls, and nesting spots for Rüppell’s Griffon Vultures. Gelai Volcano, a 2,942 m high volcano, and the Peninj archaeological site, where they found the Peninj Mandible (fossilized teeth of Australopithecus boisei), are notable features.

Activities at Lake Natron include swimming, visiting a Maasai village, or taking a trek to the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands with lots of craters. The area is rich in wildlife.

Lake Natron is a breeding ground for thousands of Rift Valley Flamingos. They make nests using the soda flats between August and October. Flamingos eat Spirulina algae from the lake. Because flamingos breed here, the lake and its surroundings are internationally protected. Other animals in the area include zebra, ostrich, fringed eared oryx, gazelle, gerenuk, lesser kudu, and golden jackal.

Activities at Lake Natron:

  1. Flamingo Watching: Lake Natron is a haven for flamingos, offering a mesmerizing sight as these elegant birds gather along the shoreline. Witnessing their synchronized movements and vibrant colors against the backdrop of the lake is a photographer's delight.

  2. Hiking to Engare Sero Footprints: Embark on a trek to Engare Sero to witness ancient human footprints preserved in volcanic ash. These footprints provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of early humans, creating a unique link to our evolutionary past.

  3. Waterfall Exploration: Discover the hidden waterfalls near Lake Natron, offering a refreshing and scenic escape. The trek to these falls introduces travelers to the diverse flora and fauna surrounding the lake.

A Tanzania Safari combined with a Lake Natron tour is a harmonious blend of wildlife encounters and surreal landscapes. From the vast plains of the Serengeti to the mystical allure of Lake Natron, this journey promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover, or a curious traveler seeking new horizons, Tanzania and Lake Natron beckon with open arms, ready to unveil their wonders.

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