Walk among the birdlife that fringes the serene waters of Lake Natron
Lake Natron, a shallow salt and soda lake off the main tourist track in northern Tanzania, is a veritable bird-watcher’s paradise.
The lake is situated at the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley. It is highly alkaline but this doesn't deter the lesser pink flamingoes who have made it their main breeding and feeding grounds. On your Lake Natron tour you can watch thousands of these colourful birds. They stand with their young in the shallow waters or soar overhead in the evening. The alkaline nature of the water makes it caustic to animals who aren’t acclimatised and gives the flamingos relative security from predators who can’t survive there.
Known as a soda lake due to its high concentration of sodium carbonate, the algae in the lake can sometimes make the surface look pink. This makes it a joy to gaze over, especially as the setting sun picks out new and deeper shades of red on its surface. You can walk around the huge expanse of the lake flats at the water’s edge to take in the panoramic views of the Rift Valley in all directions.