Lake

Lake Natron

A unique, alkaline lake famous for its pink flamingo populations.

Tanzania
Location
Dry season
Best Time to Visit
598 m
Altitude

About Lake Natron

Lake Natron, situated in northern Tanzania near the Kenyan border, is an extraordinary destination characterized by its shallow, alkaline waters which create a unique ecosystem. This soda lake is renowned for its vibrant hues, ranging from deep reds to oranges, depending on the water's alkalinity at different times. The lake is a crucial breeding g...

When to go

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Seasons

November - February
June - October
Shoulder Season
Short rains bring mild weather, fewer visitors, and the area is lush and green.
June - October
High Season
Dry weather enhances accessibility to the lake and its surroundings, offering clear views of wildlife and landscapes.
March - May
Low Season
Heavy rains may make access challenging but bring a surge in lake activity and birdlife.

What to do

Wildlife

The area around Lake Natron is a haven for birdwatchers, especially known for the pink-hued lesser flamingo, alongside occasional sightings of giraffes, zebras, and various indigenous bird species.

Lion

Not Present

Elephant

Occasional

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Rare

Hippo

Not Present

Hyena

Rare

Leopard

Rare

Giraffe

Occasional

Zebra

Occasional

Gazelle

Occasional

Buffalo

Not Present

Wildebeest

Occasional

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Visitors should ensure they are up-to-date with vaccinations, including yellow fever if coming from endemic countries. The remote nature of Lake Natron necessitates basic first aid knowledge and preparation for limited access to medical facilities.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Access to Lake Natron is typically achieved via 4x4 vehicles from Arusha, taking about 4-5 hours. The journey offers stunning views of Tanzanian landscapes.
Getting Around
Getting around Lake Natron and its attractions usually requires guided tours or private vehicles, as the terrain can be challenging and local knowledge is invaluable.
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