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Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron

In Tanzania's popular northern circuit, Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron form an ideal highlight for those who wish to escape the majority of the tourists and go off the beaten track. These hardly explored areas see relatively little tourism yet offer spectacular sceneries with great walking opportunities, unique interaction with the local tribes and a welcome relaxation during the safari.

Lake Eyasi is located southwest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and attracts many flamingos. It is home to the indigenous bushman, also known as the Hadzabe tribe, who are still traditional hunters and gatherers.

Lake Natron lies in the middle of a volcanic moonscape in Africa's Great Rift Valley, between rolling hills and deep craters. The special colours of the lake are due to the blue algae in the salty water, which harbours a fascinating eco-system. The lake is the only regular breeding place in East Africa for the lesser flamingos, which are becoming more and more endangered.

What to do and sight at Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron

Visit to the Bushman - witness the traditional lifestyle of the Hadzabe tribe and join them on a (simulated) hunt in the area, with bows and arrows.

Walk along the shores of Lake Eyasi - admire the many flamingos, pelicans and other birds that search for food in the shallow soda lake

Climbing Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai - locally called the “Sacred Mountain of God” is an active volcano that still regularly erupts natrocarbonatite lava. Climbing to the summit crater at 2960 m offers you rewarding views of Lake Natron, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and western slopes of the Great African Rift Valley.

Hike to the Engero Sero Waterfalls near Lake Natron - adventure the steep cliffs and shady gorge before reaching a beautiful natural swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and clear waterfalls

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