This wild & more remote Rift Valley area is fascinating & still not often visited. It stretches from the shores of Lake Natron, 80 kms north skirting the impressive “Gregory Rift” wall & due east of the boundary of the Serengeti and north-east of the N.C.A. It is designated a Game Controlled Area which encompasses the whole lake, a much researched major breeding area of the mysterious flamingo. Some of the hills and ancient rounded off volcanic peaks are inside the N.C.A. and the lake and its surrounds can be reached by a donkey trek for the more hardy visitor, accompanied by Rangers and Maasai Guides, usually from Empakai
Crater special camp sites. Normally visitors arrive by 4x4 from Malambo area, north of Olduvai or about 4 hours on quite rough and dusty tracks or a spectacular drive along the Rift Valley from Manyara, skirting along the Gregory Rift wall and out over the austere and stunning plains (approximately 3 hours).
This lake, which is more than a vast stretch of salty mud in the dry season, extends over hundreds of km2. It is the largest salt lake in the region.
With deposits of salts of several colors, it offers extraordinary landscapes which are completely different from those encountered elsewhere in Tanzania.
Natron lake hosts millions of flamingos, they find there suitable food and nesting conditions that put their young away from predators.
A large maasai population has settled in this little area which is a bit unwelcoming. Visiting the villages, presence of salt caravans fetching salt supplies from the deposits of Lake ... Large flocks kept and guarded by these warriors who represent an icon of Africa.
The ascent of lengai
"Oldonyo Lengai" volcano has the particularity of producing a white lava. This is the last active volcano in Tanzania, the mountain is sacred to the Maasai.
Its ascent is reserved to the best walkers. Departure is scheduled at night tackling the 1 400 m of uneven surface (very steep) to reach the summit at sunrise ...
unique jets of lava, the fumeroles ...
Possibility of walking on the cooled crust respecting the strict rules of security.
Rift Cliff and its waterfalls
The region leans to the lofty cliffs of the Rift (800 m high), excursions are possible. After Walking up the creeks that slide down this wall, we reach to beautiful waterfalls: invitation to have a good shower ...