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Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron Camp: Information from the owner

General information

Type
Luxury Tented Camp
No. of rooms
10

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Lake Natron Camp, which contains our own observations and views.


Last updated by Owner
14 May 2019

Located on the very edge of Lake Natron, this 10 tent luxury tented camp is perfectly situated for amazing adventures! Located within walking distance are the hominid footprints and Lake Natron where over 1 million flamingoes come to breed, it is also ideally situated as an ending point for our Empakai to Lake Natron Trek, The Great Rift Valley Trek, as well as a number of other activities and expeditions combined with northern Tanzania safaris.


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Facilities at Lake Natron Camp

Property facilities
24-hour Security, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Eco Friendly, Pool, Restaurant
Room facilities
En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Verandah
Activities on site
Bird Watching, Cycling, Garden Tours, Massages, Walks (Guided)
Nearby activities
Cultural Tours, Game Viewing, Hiking, Horse-back Safaris

Room types at Lake Natron Camp

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Luxury Tent 1

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

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Luxury Tent 2

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

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Luxury Tent 3

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

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Luxury Tent 4

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

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Luxury Tent 5

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

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Luxury Tent 6

Lake Natron Camp holds ten spacious guest tents, cleverly disguised under camouflaged shade netting. Each tent is comprised of a porch area, main bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a shower and eco toilet. The main bedroom is furnished with a comfy king size bed*, luxurious Egyptian linen and furniture made from greenwood.

A private path leads from each tent to our natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.

*Each tent can also accommodate 2 extra single beds upon request

Activities at Lake Natron Camp

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At home with the Maasai

This part of the Great Rift Valley is populated by the Maasai people. Maasai bomas spread around the area, but the main central village is few kilometres away to the west at the base of the escarpment. The village is named Engare Sero, which means dappled water. This village gets its name from the river flowing out of the escarpment through a spectacular gorge that is both arid and lush. Take some time out with your guides and visit a local homestead.

| $100 per group| time: 2 hours |

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Flamingo Lake Walk

The beguiling lesser flamingo feed on algae found in soda lakes across eastern Africa but choose to breed almost exclusively at Lake Natron. Our guests can take early morning or sunset walks to the lake flats. For seasonal more intense flamingo experience please see Pinyinyi Flamingo Picnic Lunch.

| $included | time: 1 to 4 hours |

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Hominid Footprints

Walk to hominid footprints within our concession area. These footprints were discovered by members of our team and since then have been investigated by separate teams both locally and internationally to try to establish how they came to be. Initially it was thought that they might be as old as 100,000 years or more but recent studies indicate them to be younger. A fascinating chance to look back in time at a group of people that raises a number of questions about hominids in East Africa and part of a larger story of man in East Africa.

| $included | time: 1 to 2 hours, can be combined with sundowner |

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Hot Springs 'Maji Moto'

Hot springs are the life and blood of the area and are on route to bird watching sites. You can visit geothermal heated springs where the birds preen.

| price: included | time: Drive 1 hour | Time there 1-2 hours |

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Massage by Maasai

It's not always about adventure! Relax and unwind at Lake Natron Camp by having a massage by one of our lovely Masaai therapists from the local village, Ngare Sero, who have been trained onsite by a professional massage and beauty therapist.

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Mountain Biking

Experience Lake Natron on wheels. Hop on a mountain bike and go exploring with your guide.

$included | pre book prior to arrival |

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Ngare Sero Source Adventure Hike

A full day hiking deep into the Ngare Sero gorge to see the source of the river. A picnic lunch is taken and at least 3 liters of water are required. A great alternative to climbing Lengai if the Lengai ascent is deemed not hikable.

| $included | time: 4 – 6 hours |

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Ngare Sero Village

VISIT NGARE SERO VILLAGE | $INCLUDED | AT YOUR LEISURE

Become a local! Take a 15 minute drive to Ngare Sero Village. Visit the local school and grab a drink at a local bar.

TIP: ASK TO SEE THE PERMACULTURE PROJECT AND VEGETABLE PATCH!

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Ngare Sero Water Fall Hike

Let us arrange a walk up Ngare Sero gorge to see the spectacular waterfalls. The scenery is a unique blend of arid volcanic rocks and lush tropical palms. Wear shoes that can get wet, preferably trainers or secure sandals, as it is rocky underfoot! Take 2 litres of water and snacks. Its great spot for lunch so please ask your guide for a packed lunch!

| $included | time: 2- 3 hours |

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Oldoinyo Lengai

A hike to then top of Oldoinyo Lengai, the only active Carbonatite volcano in the world.

An overnight ascent on the 3000m tall “Mountain of God” lit by moonlight is an unforgettable and mystical experience. This is a very challenging hike up an active carbonatite volcano with stunning views.

Note that the conditions on Lengai can change daily. It must be understood that the guide’s decision to reach the summit section is based on daily conditions and clients should be briefed that there is the possibility of not reaching the true summit. If that is the case please note refunds are not available! Great alternatives to this trip are the ‘Source Adventure Hike’.

Please note that guests are required to wear climbing helmets at the final section near the summit.

| $100* per person | time: average 12 hours |

*fees and guiding fees payable AT VILLAGE OFFICE $100 per person 1 pax and $160 per 2 pax – please check at time of booking. Transfers with our vehicle ARE NOT included but can be provided with advance notice at $250 per vehicle.

***Stay 3 nights at Lake Natron Camp and YOU get to climb Lengai for FREE! Please note if you would like to pre book Lengai and are staying less that 3 nights you can do so with our office at the published rates + 18% VAT which is payable to the Government. Please see link for more information http://www.oldoinyo-lengai.org

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Rift Valley Day Hike

A great alternative to climbing Lengai, this adventurous hike leaves at dawn from camp and you transfer to the base of the rift valley wall. You then scale the wall on foot, ascending close to the Ngare Sero gorge to enjoy the dawn. A picnic breakfast is taken with you and once on top this is the perfect place to enjoy being in one of the most dramatic view points in this region. After breakfast descend back down another route, or select the same way depending on time.

| price: included | time: 6 hours |

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Sundowners

Walk to one of the nearby sundowner spots. Enjoy your sundowner overlooking the Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun go down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Note private sundowners can be arranged in conjunction with the use of your tour operators vehicle (ask your tour operator for any additional costs).

| $included| time: at your leisure |

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Swimming

Cool off in any one of the natural plunge pools in front of the accommodation units or dining / bar area. There is also a larger pool suitable for swimming further down stream as well as endemic cyclids – bring some goggles or ask our team for a pair!

| $included | time: at your leisure|

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The Great Rift Valley Trek & Walking in the Footsteps of Man Combined

Empakai – Leonotis – Natron – Sanjan – Piyaya – Nasera Rock – Olduvai

Why this adventure?

For active types Tanzania has a lot to offer and this is one of the most dramatic hikes in East Africa. As well as the amazing scenery there is also the chance to witness the changing lives of the Maasai in both Ngorongoro and Natron.

This is a trek back through millennia of evolution from the relatively recent hominid footprints right by our Lake Natron Camp, all the way to Olduvai, commonly known as “one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world”, and home to evidence of our earliest ancestors. Each camp location and design is being targeted at guests that are looking for an off the beaten track experience, entirely respectful of the environment, and yet just enough comfort to ensure a superlative well balanced adventure.

Olduvai gorge is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and this trekking expedition courses routes either to or from this area incorporating the history of mankind, geology and landscapes spanning 250 million years. You can time this expedition with the migration in the short grass plains, or append a migration experience post / pre trek. Key features include hiking the Gregorian Rift valley, Sanjan Gorge, Gol, Olduvai Gorge and note we also have variations including Ol Karien Gorge.

1 EPIC week of ADVENTURE!

Itinerary In Short

Day 1: Drive to Empakai. Empakai trek. Empakai Camp (fb)

Day 2: Trek to Leonotis Camp (fb) Trek 16km

Day 3: Trek to Lake Natron Camp with a pick up at the bottom of the rift valley. Lake Natron Camp (fb) Trek 12km, Drive 14km

Day 4: Relax and take part in activities at Lake Natron Camp (fb)

Day 5: Trek & drive to Sanjan. Sanjan Camp (fb). Trek 6km. Drive 22km

Day 6: Trek & drive to Piyaya. Piyaya Camp (fb). Trek 10km. Drive 4km

Day 7: Pick up from Nasera rock. Drive 4km to pickup point then transfer to Serengeti or Ngorongoro or Ndutu

| $request | time: 7 days |

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The Great Rift Valley Trek- 4 days

A 1 night trek combined with 2 nights in Lake Natron. The trek starts at Empakai or just below and normally descending into Empakai crater is NOT POSSIBLE due to time constraints, instead you hike down to our Leonotis camp below Naiobi. For those that have the energy a trek to our Rift Valley sundowner spot is highly recommended, the views are amazing!

After one night in our remote fly camp at Leonotis Camp you then trek down the rift valley with stunning views throughout and once at the base are transferred for 2 nights at Lake Natron Camp (Ngare Sero) and use this as a base for activities such as seeing the flamingoes on Lake Natron, visiting the hominid footprints, delving deep into the Ngare Sero gorge or even just relaxing in camp and enjoying the natural plunge pools. For the very active you can also climb Oldonyo Lengai (extra cost).

Itinerary In Short

Day 1: Drive to Empakai. Trek into crater and trek to Leonotis Camp (fb) Trek 16km

Day 2:  Trek to Lake Natron Camp with a pick up at the bottom of the rift valley. Lake Natron Camp (fb) Trek 12km, Drive 14km

Day 3: Relax and take part in activities at Lake Natron Camp (fb)

Day 4: Depart

| $ rates in documentation tab | time: 4 days |

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The Great Rift Valley Trek- 5 days

A 2 night trek combined with 2 nights in Lake Natron. The trek starts with a night at Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro highlands (and depending on arrival time can include a descent into Empakai) from which our guides lead you down the outer slopes of Empakai with the second night on the edge of the Gregorian rift. You then trek down the rift valley with stunning views throughout and once at the base are transferred for 2 nights at Lake Natron Camp (Ngare Sero) and use this as a base for activities such as seeing the flamingoes on Lake Natron, visiting the hominid footprints, delving deep into the Ngare Sero gorge or even just relaxing in camp and enjoying the natural plunge pools. For the very active you can also climb Oldonyo Lengai (extra cost).

All our adventures can be booked through a tour operator near you. Just ask them about Lake Natron Camp, Ngare Sero and our range of activities and adventures and specify the “Empakai to Lake Natron Trek”. You can add this adventure into your dates – all trips are customised to your dates.

Itinerary In Short

Day 1: Drive to Empakai. Empakai trek. Empakai Camp (fb)

Day 2: Trek to Leonotis Camp (fb) Trek 16km

Day 3: Trek to Lake Natron Camp with a pick up at the bottom of the rift valley. Lake Natron Camp (fb) Trek 12km, Drive 14km

Day 4: Relax and take part in activities at Lake Natron Camp (fb)

Day 5: Depart

| $ rates in documentation tab | time: 5 days |

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Traditional Maasai BBQ

TRADITIONAL MAASAI BBQ | $INCLUDED | UPON REQUEST WITH GROUPS

Enjoy a traditional Maasai Goat BBQ around the campfire with singing and dancing entertainment.

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Walking in the Footsteps of Man

This is a trek back through millennia of evolution from the relatively recent hominid footprints right by our Lake Natron Camp, all the way to Olduvai, commonly known as “one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world”, and home to evidence of our earliest ancestors. Each camp location and design is being targeted at guests that are looking for an off the beaten track experience, entirely respectful of the environment, and yet just enough comfort to ensure a superlative well balanced adventure.

Olduvai gorge is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and this trekking expedition courses routes either to or from this area incorporating the history of mankind, geology and landscapes spanning 250 million years. You can time this expedition with the migration in the short grass plains, or append a migration experience post / pre trek. Key features include hiking the Gregorian Rift valley, Sanjan Gorge, Gol, Olduvai Gorge and note we also have variations including Ol Karien Gorge.

Itinerary In Short

Day 1: Lake Natron Camp

Day 2: Lake Natron Camp

Day 3: Trek & drive to Sanjan. Trek 6km. Drive 22km

Day 4: Trek to Piyaya. Trek 10km. Drive 4km

Day 5: Pick up from Nasera rock. Drive 4km


| $request| time: 5 days |

Other lodges in Lake Natron

Alternative places to stay in this same area.


Moivaro Lake Natron Tented Camp

Moivaro Natron Tented

Sitting in an oasis of green under a shady acacia woodland, this camp provides a relatively cool spot for exploring this area.


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