Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in the Arusha region of Tanzania and is home to ancient hominid footprints, the largest breeding ground for lesser flamingo, and to Ol Doinyo Lengai. Lake Natron is the only active carbonatite volcano in the world and the dramatic scenery of the soda lake is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar splendor.

Lake Natron covers an area 56 km long and 24 km wide. The surface of Lake Natron, which has high salt, magnesite and sodium carbonate concentration, is covered with a pinkish-white soda crust.

Surrounding the lake is a large number of volcanic implosion craters, numerous waterfalls and ravines, an archaeological site, Maasai bomas, and the famous Ol Doinyo Lengai, also known as the ‘Mountain of God’.

Best time to visit: June to November


  • Walks and treks
  • Bird watching
  • Flamingo lake walk
  • Hominid footprint
  • Archaeological site
  • Ngare Sero Waterfalls
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano climb
  • Hot springs
  • Nature pools
  • Maasai boma

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Nature Discovery holds a privileged position among safari outfitters, offering 30 years of expertise as a fully licensed tour operator running photographic wildlife safaris and treks in Tanzania.

All of our trips are custom designed and we take your interests and budget into account while planning your trip.

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Our group of more than 20 woman were all so appreciative of the professionalism of Nature Discovery. It was evident during some of our safaris that other operators were not as respectful of the wildlife and were close to running down animals to get a spot “up front and center”. Our drivers were extremely knowledgeable about all the wildlife as well as the many species of birds. We so enjoyed their wonderful attitudes and their sense of humor was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend using Nature Discovery for any adventures you may want to explore while in Tanzania.

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