Lake Natron Holidays

Part of Africa's immense Great Rift Valley, Lake Natron is famous for its flamingos and its rumoured ability to turn animals to stone. While this isn't exactly true, the fact behind the fiction is just as fascinating. The lake has an incredibly high alkaline level, which can easily sear the skin and eyes of animals not adapted to such conditions. Washed up on the shore are numerous dead species, coffined in chalky sodium carbonate that makes them appear to be made of stone. It's not completely understood how these creatures die but their eerie forms against the lake make for some incredible pictures.

Lake Natron Highlights

  • Huge flocks of flamingos in the soda lake
  • Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai, an active volcano and sacred Masai site
  • Visiting the Engaresero Waterfall
  • Breath-taking scenery
Lake Natron Hasili Camp guest at volcano Walking safari holidays to Lake Natron Game vehicle and the volcano

Flamingos, however, are able to overcome the strong alkaline content of the lake, and flock to its shallow waters annually to breed and feed on the lake's blue-green algae. Natron's deadly waters are the perfect barrier to predators, which leaves the flamingos unthreatened and safe. The area is quite inhospitable and certainly better suited for a traveller who won't mind the dry, hot climate.

However, the scenery is to die for and is the main reason to visit. Sitting at the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley the surrounding volcanic hills are mesmerising, as is the nearby Oldoinyo Lengai volcano, which is still active and the only volcano in the world to produce black lava. Accommodation options on holidays to Lake Natron are sparse while activities mainly consist of walks, with the chance to see the Engaresero Waterfall, or trying your hand at climbing Oldoinyo Lengai itself.

Selected Tanzania itineraries

Our favourite itineraries, showcasing the best of Tanzania

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar Beach Escape

Days
14
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $8,500 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Zanzibar Island , Stone Town

Highlights of Northern Tanzania

Days
11
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $11,870 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Beach Twin Centre

Days
11
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $6,610 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya, Tanzania
Locations
Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island

Tanzania Family Holiday

Days
13
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $31,640 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island

Luxury Tanzania Family Holiday

Days
9
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $28,070 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Ultimate Northern Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $11,090 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island

Volcanoes Savanna and Beach Rwanda and Tanzania Holiday

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $9,940 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Rwanda, Tanzania
Locations
Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island , Volcanoes National Park, Kigali

The Ultimate Summer Tanzania Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $29,520 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island
Loading…

Lake Natron Accommmodation

  • Lake Natron Halisi Camp Client Score: Not yet rated

    Overlooking Lake Natron, a hotspot for flamingo, this simple camp is an excellent gateway to the surrounding area with ancient volcano Oldoinyo Lengai begging to be climbed.

    Learn more