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Lake Natron / Daytrip

Visit Lake Natron as day trip starting from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park or Ngorongoro Crater to see the cradle of Maasai culture

Lake Natron / Daytrip vacation with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.

Lake Natron / Daytrip with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.

Lake Natron is located at the border between Tanzania and Kenya, right at the foot of Ol’ Doinyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai. It is a maximum of 60 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. Thousands of flamingos have settled in the lake itself. As the water level falls, the salinity of the water increases which creates toxic bacteria. These pigmented bacteria are responsible for the lake’s rich red color.

Additional activities at Lake Natron

  • Hike to the Ngare Sero Waterfalls
  • Hike to the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai

Time from Moshi to Lake Natron: 4-5 hours

Group Size Price per person per day
1 person USD 600/person
2 person USD 550/person
3 person USD 500 /person
4 person USD 450 /person
5 person USD 420 /person
6 person USD 400 /person
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  • All activities

  • A professional driver/guide

  • All transportation

  • All Taxes/VAT

  • Meals

  • Drinking water (On all days)

  • International flights (From/to home)

  • Roundtrip airport transfer

  • Accommodation before and at the end of the tour

  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located at the border between Tanzania and Kenya, right at the foot of Ol’ Doinyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai.

The lake in the north of the Ngorongoro region, which glows red depending on the time of day, offers some special features. The lake is mainly fed by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which has its source in Kenya, and mineral-rich hot springs. The water heats up to 40°C during the day in the blazing sun. Water flows in but has no outlet. It can only escape through evaporation. As the water evaporates over time, it leaves behind high concentrations of salt and other minerals, like the Dead Sea. In contrast, however, Lake Natron is extremely alkaline. The pH of the water was measured at 10.5, almost as high as ammonia. As the water level falls, the salinity of the water increases which creates toxic bacteria. These pigmented bacteria are responsible for the lake’s rich red color. Lake Natron is fairly shallow, measuring only three meters at its deepest point, but has a vast area, with its width varying depending on the water level. It is a maximum of 60 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. Thousands of flamingos have settled in the lake itself.

However, migratory birds often crash onto the surface of the lake. The reflecting water resembles a mirror, fooling birds into thinking they are flying through empty space. The birds are then mummified by the sodium carbonate present in the lake. During the dry season, when the water recedes, the desiccated, chemically preserved carcasses of the animals reappear.

Additional activities at Lake Natron

  • Hike to the Ngare Sero Waterfalls
  • Hike to the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai

 

Time from Moshi to Lake Natron: 4-5 hours

Absolutely yes. We will arrange all airport transfers for you from and to the airport so that you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel. One of our drivers or guides will come to pick you up and take you back to the airport. This is already included in our offers and services.

A private departure can be arranged at any time according to your individual travel dates for highest flexibility. A group departure has a planned schedule on a specific date and let you share some costs while travelling. So if you are on a budget and want to meet friends from all over the world you can join one of our groups.

Absolutely yes. Our handpicked hotels all offer you to safely store your luggage during your climb. In this way you can leave all gear that you won’t need during your climb at the hotel. That is very convenient if you are planning to go on a safari or to Zanzibar after your hike.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris has worked out a very transparent cancellation policy. In most cases we can offer a voucher if you have  to postpone your travel. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note that deposits are non-refundable as they have to be used for making reservations for your hotel and transport.

*If a booking is cancelled the client is subject to a cancellation fee as follows:

  • until 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • less then 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee: The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion, without prior notification in instances where this is unavoidable. However, in that case the company agrees to refund all money that has already been paid by the client. This shall be the company’s sole responsibility to the client and no claim for any damages, howsoever arising, shall accrue against the company.
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