The soda lake at the base of the active Ol Donyo Lengai volcano Moutain, the area around Lake Natron is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty. The Lake is found in the northern part of Tanzania. The 230 kilometers from Arusha town in Tanzania, 130 paving road from Arusha to mto wa mbu then turn right to rough road about 100km drive. It is the most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingos in the world. East Africa has 1.5-2.5 million Lesser Flamingos, representing three-quarters of the world population and most of them are hatched at Lake Natron. Food is plentiful, nesting sites abound – and above all, the lake is isolated and undisturbed. The lake and its ecosystem provides a source of livelihoods to the local communities. High levels of evaporation have left behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate). The alkalinity of the lake can reach a pH of greater than 12. The surrounding bedrock is composed of alkaline, sodium-dominated trachyte lavas that were laid down during the Pleistocene period. The lavas have significant amounts of carbonate but very low calcium and magnesium levels. This has allowed the lake to concentrate into a caustic alkaline brine.
Activities at Lake Natron
Walks around the lake and to the streams and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make for a fantastic adventure off the beaten track. Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai, the arrangement of climbing this active volcano mountain can be pre-arrangements or can arranged on arrival, climbing duration is only one day, normal climbing starts at 23Hrs, arrive at summit around 4 or 5 am, at the summit mount Kilimanjaro and meru is viewed clearly, descend will arrive at the base of mountain around 11am then will transferred to your accommodation place for lunch and relaxes.