Thousands of flamingos feed and breed at tranquil and scenic Lake Natron, that is surrounded by escarpments and of course the volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai.Unfortunately we arrived at the Lake about by noon when the heat was just unbearable, so we didn't spend much time there. Our main goal was the volcano that we were going to climb tonight, so we...more
A not too easy half hour hike from the Campsite along and through the river brings you to some attractive waterfalls.They feed the river where it's nice "white water swimming" and showering (very welcome in the enormous heat). You can find some nice stones and fossils here as well if you're lucky.more
On the way to Lake Natron we encountered a lot of wildlife. Although this area is not especially protected, animals must feel safe. Nobody seems to bother them, at least not the resident Maasai, who are only interested in cows and goats.We saw loads of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle and also some ostrich and giraffe.more
We did this trip as part of a 6-day safari in the region. It will be extremely difficult to find transportation along this route if you don't have your own.
Furthermore a 4WD is almost essential, since the road is a drive through the wilderness. In raining season it will be hard to reach Lake Natron, even with 4WD.
To reach Lake Natron from Arusha will take 6 hours.
In front of the Campsite entrance some women are offering handicrafts like bracelets, necklaces etc.
Children wait for you to force ;-) you to their mothers stall. Then it's difficult to buy nothing since you know it's probably only you arriving today and maybe yesterday nobody showed up at all.
What to pay: The colourful items will/should set you back between $1 or $2 like that.
A fleece for your stay on the crater before sunrise; good hiking shoes.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: * Walking stick is essential but quite easy to find in the bush. Professional poles are even more useful.
* A strong torch and spare batteries, preferably one for on your head.
Miscellaneous: Bring a lot of water, maybe even 2 or 3 litres. It all depends the time that you come down and your fitness.
Around 10AM you will get the intensely burning sun on your head, if you have no water anymore you can run into probs easily as there's no shelter (according to our guide he has to temporary leave climbers behind now and then who are exhausted and have no water left ).
Once on the craterfloor you may witness the mountain spitting out some lava every -say- one minute. Although it were only minor eruptions -of course otherwise we weren't able to explore the crater- still a quite impressive sight.This is the only place in Tanzania where you can spot this!more
After we watched the view from the other side of the rim -we could even see Kili in the distance- and explored the crater a bit, we went down. This is another breathtaking thing to do as now -in the daylight- I fully realised how steep it was. I have a little fear of height, and with shaky knees I set off for the descent. It took another 2 hours...more
This beautifully shaped 2886m free standing mountain is Tanzania's only active volcano.Oldonyo Lengai's higher slopes are coloured white from chemical substance of former eruptions. From a distance it looks like an icecap or snow, a weird sight. For Maasai it symbolizes "the beard of God".*** For 1 time, only 1 time, I want to share a postcardpic...more