Near Lake Natron
Halisi Lake Natron
This is a remote and very simple camp for adventurous souls. It’s near to Lake Natron and at the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai volcano, the Maasai Mountain of God. It’s not for the faint-hearted, both in terms of getting here and then coping with the heat and dust in this dramatic landscape – but wow!
You travel for a few hours along mostly empty dusty and bumpy tracks to get here. It’s not really on the way to anywhere except the two highlights you’ve come to see – Lake Natron and Ol Donyo Lengai volcano.
75% of the world’s lesser flamingos come to Lake Natron each year to breed; around 2.5 million birds. It’s an incredible sight that makes the adventure of getting here well worth it for some. There is little other wildlife around here as this is a difficult environment, though there are often giraffes around the camp, and sometimes you can spot a few wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles and dik dik.
The walking here is lovely, and that, and the dramatic scenery, is what you come for, from the beauty of the lake shore to seeing ancient footprints, or walking to a waterfall emerging from the Rift Valley wall and swimming in the pool beneath it.
Not many people come here. To us that’s one of the attractions though!
Times to Go
The lesser flamingos’ breeding season is September to April, though October and November are a particularly busy time. Getting here in the rainy months (long rains in April- May, occasionally into early June, and sometimes in the November short rains) can be really quite tricky, though it’s a beautiful green time. January and February are really hot and dry and windy.
Halisi Lake Natron highlights
- At the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai volcano
- By Lake Natron, a soda lake
- 2.5 million lesser flamingos
- Remote Africa
- Dramatic scenery and great walking
Halisi Lake Natron location
Halisi Lake Natron
- 10 safari tents
- Open all year
- Children welcome
- Lounger-dining-bar tent
- Camp fire
- Guided nature walks
- Village tours
- Volcano hiking
- Bird watching
- Waterfall tours
Halisi Lake Natron rooms
All the 10 tents are the same.
They are large walk-in tents with differing configurations of beds, depending on what is required (eg double, twin, triple, family).
There is a bedside table and luggage rack, and there is a separate bathroom area with a bucket shower (hot water provided when needed), sink, mirror and toilet.
The tents each have a small verandah area too.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The land is community-owned so a portion of the profits here go to supporting the school and hospital at Engare Sero Village. This camp has a very light footprint. The lighting in the camp is solar-powered. The fact that the camp is permanent also means that there are no lorries coming and going thus minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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