& MT LENGAI
Lake Natron is a salt and Soda Lake found in Arusha region in northern Tanzania, the lake is situated close to the Kenyan border. The lake is in the Gregory rift which is in the eastern branch of East African rift valley. The lake is receiving water principally from Ewaso Ng’iro River which rises in central Kenya, also the lake receives water by mineral rich hot springs. The lake is shallow and is less than three (3) meters deep (9.8 ft) and has a maximum of 57 kilometers length and 22 kilometers width. The lake is famous as it is one of Flamingoes breeding site. Also the lake supports the existence of Tilapia and organisms like algaes which are the Flamingoes food thus flocks of Flamingoes will be seen feeding on the lake.
South of the lake Natron lies the Mountain Oldoinyo Lengai (which is locally regarded as the sacred mountain of God in Maasai language). The mountain is 2962 meters tall. This mountain has an active volcano and is the only known volcano in the world that sometimes erupt Natrocarbonatite lava. This is highly fluid lava that has almost no silicon contents. The view on the mountain summit crater north lies the lake Natron which stretches itself in the distance and beyond the lake lies the Kenyan border.
Msaro African Adventures has provided an ideal itinerary that suits the clients who wish / who are willing to explore the lake Natron and climb the sacred mountain of God the Oldoinyo Lengai.
Day 1 | Arusha – Maasai boma
Arriving at Kilimanjaro international airport/ Arusha airport or guests arriving by shuttle bus from Nairobi will be received by our guide(s) and then taken to the booked hotel depending on their arrival time as the guests that arrived late or during night time will spend the night at a booked hotel in Arusha, but for the guests that arrived early will definitely start a safari from Arusha to the Maasai boma. Here they will have an opportunity to visit the Maasai boma and share the knowledge regarding Maasai life styles and activities of day to day. Lunch will be provided around Maasai boma, dinner and overnight at campsite.
Day 2 | Lake Natron
After the morning breakfast guests will be driven to the Lake Natron for a walking safari around this soda lake, as the lake is famous for Flamingoes breeding grounds in east Africa, guests will have an opportunity to see Flamingoes and how these Flamingoes build up nests from mud mixed with salt on top of the salt ash bottoms and lay their eggs, also guests will see how flamingoes feed on algaes as the lake provides these pink algae for the Flamingoes. Then later return to the camp for lunch. Later in the afternoon a walking safari to the waterfall for sightseeing and swimming for the interested guests, then after return at evening time perfectly for the sunset view. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 3 | Mount Oldoinyo Lengai climbing
An early night wake up time at around 00:00 am and then we can drive to the starting point ready for our expedition. This will take a few hours approximately 5-7 hours and clients will reach the summit during sunrise and will spend some time at the summit taking photos and enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Natron from the top of the mountain. Then after the clients will descend down to the base of the mountain and picked up by the Safari vehicles and taken back to camp for breakfast, then they will rest at the camp until lunch time where lunch will be served at camp. In the late afternoon clients will be driven to Mto wa mbu town, here the clients will experience the local life and a night tour in Mto wa mbu town. Dinner and overnight at the camp / hotel in Mto wa mbu.
Day 4 | Mto wa mbu - Arusha
After morning breakfast clients will be taken to the Mto wa mbu markets for shopping if interested and then a tour in Fruits market as Mto wa mbu is famous for fruits cultivation. Then around 11:00 am the journey back to Arusha city will begin reaching Arusha in time for lunch.