Lake Natron Camp
This 10 tent luxury tented camp lies at the very edge of Lake Natron. Here you can experience the natural beauty of the lake, the dominating majesty of Ol Donyo lengai volcanic mountain as well as some amazing walking adventures! It is located within walking distance are the hominid footprints and Lake Natron where over 1 million flamingos come to breed.
The camp would appeal to visitors wanting to escape from the relative bustle of the ‘northern safari circuit’. You can experience authentic Maasai village life as it was for many hundreds of years. And enjoy a great sense of peace and serenity. It will also appeal to more adventurous, active visitors who are keen to walk and be out of a vehicle for a few days.
Accommodation at Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp comprises a central mess tent for relaxing and eating. The well-spaced ten spacious guest tents are cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent consists of a shaded day bed area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom has with a comfy king-size bed, luxurious Egyptian linen and wooded furniture. Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request
A private path leads from each tent to their charming natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream. Here a Bedouin tent with day beds and hammocks also offers welcoming shade in the heat of the day.
Activities at Lake Natron Camp
However part of the charm of this camp is the chance to leave the world of vehicle-bound safaris for a while. Activities include sunrise and sunset nature walks around Lake Natron when the light is at its best. The lesser flamingos feed on the red-tinged algae in soda lakes across East Africa. But they choose to breed almost exclusively at Lake Natron, especially between August and October. Then up to 2.5 million flamingos make Lake Natron their home.
Enjoy a sundowner walk overlooking Lake Natron, the Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun go down over the great rift valley. Or visit the anicent hominid footprints and a variety of walks.
You can enjoy bird-watching in the area and visit the nearby hot springs, which are the life and blood of this area, where the birds love to preen. You can also visit the local Maasai village to see the local school, grab a drink at the bar or even see their new permaculture project and vegetable garden.
Lake Natron is also an excellent spot for walking. There are several walks on offer from the adventurous but relatively easy Engaresero Waterfall to more serious morning treks up the Rift valley escarpment. The camp also acts as the end point for the Great Rift valley trom Empakai to Lake Natron.
The camp has even trained some of the local Maasai women to do massages with a massage tip going straight to them.
Note: Lake Natron is hot, probably the hottest area you may visit in Tanzania. Generally the camp deals with this well with fans at your bedside. The Bedouin shade tent over the normal safari tent also helps. (see our Camp review for more info). But if you are visiting in the summer months of December to April, expect it to be hot during the day and night.