Lake Natron

Experience Huge Flocks of Flamingo

Experience the home of hundred thousands of flamingo. The surrounding area, with its streams and waterfalls, is ideal for a walking safari.

Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake located north of Ngorongoro Crater, near the Kenyan border in the Great Rift Valley.

The lake has extreme alkalinity since some of its water leaks through the lava flow of the nearby active volcanic mountain, Ol Doinyo Lengai ('the mountain of God') in the Maasai language.

Donkeys carrying loads, Lake Natron
Flamingoes, Lake Manyara

At times, there are several hundred thousand flamingos on and near the lake making for a wonderful spectacle.

Lake Natron is one of the most important breeding grounds for lesser flamingos in the world.

The weather is significantly hotter here than at most other northern Tanzania destinations but the scenery is striking and unlike anywhere else.


At Lake Natron you can do:

  • Nature walk to the waterfalls
  • Climb Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Visit a Maasai village
  • Longer walk to flamingo nesting grounds
  • Camel rides

How to Get There

Late Natron is 4-5 hours from the Serengeti National Park and 5 hours from Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

When to Go

June to March.

Experience Lake Natron

Lake Natron is situated in northern Tanzania on the border with Kenya, close to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This salty water lake covers an area of 56 km long and 24 km wide but the water level changes due to evaporation.

Experience a walking safari around the lake for flamingos sightseeing, and waterfalls on the cliff of the Great Rift Valley.

Contact our experts on how you can include Lake Natron in your itinerary.

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