At the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa at an altitude of 600m above sea level, sits the shallow Lake Natron. Here, between the only active volcano in Tanzania, Oldonyo Lengai to the south, pinnacles of Mt Gelai to the east, the gorge etched escarpment of the Rift Valley to the west, and the mirror-surfaced lake, a sanctuary to thousands of flamingos to the north, is the cool oasis adjacent to the soda flats where Lake Natron eco-camp lies.
The camp has 8 sleeping tents, one common tent with the bar, dining and lounge area, and one guide’s tent. The camouflaged Bedu tents were especially designed for the Natron area and patented by us. The Bedu tents help keep guests cool during the day and protect them from the occasional strong winds. Each tent is furnished with full size beds, quality linen and blankets, bedside tables, reading lamps, tables and chairs and has its own running water, shower and compost toilet tent. A private path leads from each tent to a natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream
Unique in its setting, Lake Natron Camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. Reasonably priced, modern and clean safari tents offer comfortable beds, ensuite showers and a verandah with your own private view. A fully stocked bar and restaurant with view over Lake Natron ensure you have a cold drink and good food in the evening. And the small swimming pool helps to cool off at the end of dusty Safari day.
There is also a basic campsite in pleasant lawns under shady acacias. Facilities include flush toilet and showers.
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Climbing Oldonyo Lengai can be arranged with highly experienced guides. No special equipment is required but it is a hard climb to the top due to the steepness of the mountain. You depart the camp around midnight, climb in the early morning hours to reach the top for sunrise. On the top at 2.890m you’ll be rewarded with the fantastic views of Lake Natron and the surrounding landscape. Oldonyo Lengai is still active.
But there is also good (and easier…) walking around the lake. For example you can visit nearby freshwater waterfalls, where you can swim.
The lake is home to thousands of lesser flamingo’s and it is one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth.