Tanzania 2017 (part VI): Lake Natron

Lake Natron, Tanzania:

Ol Doinyo Lengai dominates the plains around Lake Natron

Ol Doinyo Lengai dominates the plains around Lake Natron

After leaving the Serengeti National Park, we went on the really long drive across the Loliondo Game Controlled Area to Lake Natron.

While the air was fresh and surprisingly cool in the Serengeti, it became more and more hot the closer we came to Lake Natron. This alkaline lake attracts millions of flamingos feeding on algae growing in the otherwise inhospitable environment. The almost desertlike landscape surrounding the lake is dominated by the impressive Ol Doinyo Lengai. This active volcano is a holy mountain for the Maasai and uniquely ejects natrocarbonatite lava. During my stay, I went on two beautiful walks – towards a water fall and to the lake edge to see the flamingos (including a stop at the recently discovered Engare Sero footprints). In between I enjoyed the diverse bird life in the beautiful Lake Natron Tented Camp.

After two nights at Lake Natron, I continued my journey south towards Lake Manyara National Park.

6 responses to “Tanzania 2017 (part VI): Lake Natron

  1. Wow… what an incredible series…

    Great diversity and the mountain shots are my favorite ones…

    It’s always great to see the map along with the notes to get an idea about the location.

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day 🙂

    • thank you so much for your comment! I am very happy that you like the post… I had a great time in Tanzania and this blog helps me to remember everything myself… if other people enjoy it too – even better! 😊

      • Of course it’s really enjoyable and informative for all of us 🙂

        I too started my blog as an archive of my travel stories but now a days, due to time constraints, it’s more like a photo blog 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the vicarious visit to Tanzania, Matthias. Aside from my home country, Tanzania is my favorite place in the world. So rich with wildlife and beauty. Your photos were a real treat, great to see the flamingos, giraffe, Maasai, and many birds. How fortunate you got to see the male African paradise flycatcher. Great to see the foot prints too, what a treat! Great post, thank you.

    • thank you so much for your comment – makes me happy that you like the post so much and that you took the time to check it all out! I really had a fantastic time in Tanzania and wish I could see more of this beautiful country!!!

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