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LAKE NATRON CAMP
LOCATION

Lake Natron
is approximately 120 kms north of Lake
Manyara
and the road is
little more than a track. During the dry season months July to October the
track is extremely dusty. After some rains the road is at its best as the
rain compacts the sand and makes the going easier. There is an airstrip for
light planes close by. Getting to the camp from different places is shown
below:
Lake Manyara 115 kms. Four hours.  
Arusha 235 Kms. Six hours.
Serengeti 200 kms. Eight hours.

For those that want to spend ten days or
more on safari in northern Tanzania it is very worthwhile to include Lake
Natron in the itinerary as it is part of the circuit of Lake Manyara, Lake
Natron, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and returning to Lake Manyara. It is a great
circuit with some magnificent scenery.

NUMBER OF ROOMS & DESCRIPTION:
9 self-contained spacious tents with showers and flush
toilets. Thatched dining room and bar. Swimming pool. Lighting: 12 Volt solar
power in all tents and dining room. There is an airstrip for small
planes. A five acre camp site is close to the main camp. The only
accommodation available is at Lake Natron Camp. The camp is small and
comfortable. As the area is semi-arid, for most of the year there is no need
for mosquito nets.

RESTAURANTS & BAR:
There
is a thatched bar and dining room under traditional style thatched grass.

OTHER FACILITIES & SERVICES:
The camp is an excellent base to explore the surrounding area and 
from which to climb Oldoinyo L’Engai. The Camp will organize the
climb.  A very pleasant hike is up the Engare Sero gorge that cuts
into the rift valley escarpment; there are some lovely waterfalls in a grotto
and the stream is wonderful for bathing. The lake shore has a wonderful
variety of   bird life. Wildlife safaris of longer duration
than 10 days are hardly complete without a visit to Lake Natron.
Although not normally included on the northern Tanzania
wildlife safari tourist route, the Lake
Natron area has some of the most
spectacular scenery in East Africa. The
active volcano of Oldoinyo L’Engai is a challenging one day ascent.Oldoinyo
L’Engai (the Maasai’s Mountain
of God
) is the only
active carbonatite volcano in the world. It takes 3 to 4 hours to climb to
the top from where there are spectacular views of the rift valley and the
lake. The ascent is not easy: it is steep and there is no shade. Normally the
climb starts in the early hours of the morning.For
those that would like to have an extended hike, Lake Natron Camp will
organize a walk from Embakai in the
Ngorongoro Highlands down to Natron. 
The hike takes two days, with an overnight basic fly camp near the Maasai village of Naiyobi.. There is a Maasai guide and
his assistant to help with the donkeys which carry provisions and camp
equipment. The walk is about six hours each day and covers 44 kms, descending
from 10,000 ft to 2,000 ft.

 

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