Nestled at the base of the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, the salt and soda Lake Natron is one of the most surreal places on earth for its desolate demeanor and unworldly atmosphere. Attracted by the cyanobacteria that thrives in the high alkalinity of the lake, millions of flamingos arrive each breeding season to feed and nest creating an inspiring scene every National Geographic documentary will be proud of. For hikers, there is also the small matter of ascending the 2,962m high Ol Doinyo Lengai, a unique active strato volcano that erupts natrocarbonatite lava in a landscape of unsurpassed beauty.
Why Lake Natron?
Not a general safari destination as the almost inhospitable environment of Lake Natron is poisonous for many mammals but paradise for the flamingos. Occasional towers of giraffes and dazzles of zebras can be seen venturing into the area not far from the lake. During the breeding season from October to December each year, millions of young chicks hatch adding to the numbers in a spectacle of epic proportions.