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Lake Natron Tented Camp

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Ngalo Rd, Lake Natron Tanzania
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#4 of 9 Speciality lodging in Lake Natron
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Wild and remote Lake Natron lies in the northeast of Tanzania in betweenthe Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti plains. Here it is the landscaperather than the animals that is the attraction - the area around the lakeinhabited by Maasai is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.Situated at the base of Africa's only active volcano Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God), Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The lake is home to millions of tiny crustaceans, attracting literally thousands of lesser flamingo's and it is therefore one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth.Unique in its setting, Lake Natron Tented Camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. Clean safari tents offer showers, comfortable beds and a private veranda. A fully stocked bar and candle lit restaurant ensure you have a cold drink and delicious food at the end of an arduous climb or long days walking.
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Peter M wrote a review Dec 2020
Vienna, Austria134 contributions76 helpful votes
I spent two nights in the lodge and enjoyed it very much. The tent is nicely furnished, everything is clean and well maintained. The restaurant plus terrace has a good view and there is always something to watch. Service and food quality is very good, practically you could get as much as you want. Its just a 10 minutes drive to the lake and 5 minutes to the gorge where you start your hike to the waterfalls. I also started the climb of the Lancia from here, we left the lodge at 23:00 and did arrive at the starting point for the hike at about 23:30. Lunch box was organized.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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DeeFry wrote a review Oct 2020
Seattle413 contributions201 helpful votes
I had higher expectations for an "exclusive" tented camp (see our other reviews of accommodations in Tanzania). However, my husband had no expectations, so really enjoyed Lake Natron Tented Camp. The shower does not have heated water, just room temperature water, which turned out to be okay once you got used to it. They will bring you hot water if you request it, but we did not. There is no electrical outlet in the room, so be sure to charge your phone in the restaurant before electricity shuts down from 10pm to 6am. Bottled water for dinner is extra, and they only take cash and cannot give change. The woodwork of the tented camp is beautiful. The best part of staying at Lake Natron was the nice Maasai guide Zephanie who showed us the flamingos on the lake. Apparently, Lake Natron has the largest gathering of flamingos in the world, over 2 million during certain times of the year. However, we only saw about a thousand. We were still glad to visit Lake Natron for a different experience from the game drives (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro). After seeing the flamingos, our wonderful Gosheni guide William had set up a table of snacks and drinks to enjoy nearby.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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martinae94 wrote a review Mar 2020
San Salvador77 contributions37 helpful votes
Lake Natron Tented Camp Staff is the best asset of the facilities. Located near (a few KM from) Lake Natron, Lake Natron Tented Camp provides a base to explore the Lake Natron ecosystem and communities near the lake. The camp provides clean and basic facilities. The restaurant was able to accommodate food allergies and vegetarians from our large family group and the place is very safe. The rooms are ample, but should get an upgrade soon, considering the cost and what is available in other tented camps in Tanzania. The outdoor shower was fun with the kids yet is not available in all units. Considering the inexpensive technology available today, such as solar panels, adding charging stations in the individual tents, adding a fan in the rooms and in the common areas (it can get hot), and providing additional internet hours could enhance the visitors’ experience. The breakfast is African Standard (eggs, sausage, beans, pancakes, fruits), and they do provide good coffee and tea during the mornings and during the 4 pm Coffee/Tea Hour. The best part of our stay in Lake Natron Tented Camp was the guided services provided by Lanjoo Masiaya (+255783195987 or +255 (0)687 807 385). His approach to sharing information about the Lake and the communities, interacting with the kids and adults, and overall care of the participants of his guided excursion was great. Don’t miss visiting the Waterfall near Ngare Sero village, is a unique experience (better than viewing flamingos in the lake). Also, the hominid footstep was another highlight of the trip.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Rickypasi wrote a review Jan 2020
Basel, Switzerland318 contributions53 helpful votes
Our staying in Lake Natron Tented Camp was overall positive,even if it could be better. They should change to solar generator, as most of the camps in Tanzania: generator is polluting, noisy and not available all time (even if the last could be not a problem in a safari). The position is good close to the lake. We a walk safari to the lake with a local Maasai guide, visiting some Maasai village on the way, we met also a great group of giraffe. The people were nice as always in Tanzania, food average for dinner and breakfast. The problem of Lake Natron is the distance from other area and the connections: we spent one day driving from Manyara and one day to Serengeti. The driving was certainly interesting, seeing the real Tanzania, not just the parks. But roads are bad and quite bumping: be prepared !
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Date of stay: November 2019
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chicagomelinda wrote a review Aug 2019
Chicago, Illinois106 contributions50 helpful votes
We were here on a private tour that we'd paid one price for, so I don't know how much we paid for our stay here. Whatever it was, I would have paid twice over to stay somewhere more pleasent. First, despite the fact that most camps have moved to Solar, this Camp has not. That means no electric except from 6-10 am and from 6-10 pm. I loved being awakened by the sounds of birds during our Tanzanian safari, but definitely not being awakened by the sound of a generator. This was the only camp where this occured. The food, too, was the worst we encountered during our journey. Some sort of very runny soup, a meat, a startch and fresh fruit was offered for lunch and dinner. By day two, I was requesting simply fresh fruit for my lunch and dinner meals and was grateful for it, although the portions (for a main) were tiny. Our stay there was so poor that we pulled our guide aside to ask about the other sites that had been planned for us. The thought of two weeks of this level of accommodations was almost unbearable. He reported that we would be traveling to some wonderful sites from here and that we didn't need to worry. This would be the worst. That said, I would urge any travel planners/agents to remove this stop from any itineraries (as we're urging our travel planner to do). Lake Natron Tented Camp has a committed staff, but little more. Stear clear at all costs.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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PRICE RANGE
US$289 - US$293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionLake Natron
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Natron Tented Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Lake Natron Tented Camp?
Nearby attractions include Themi Falls Leisure Park (1.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Natron Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Natron Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lake Natron Tented Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lake Natron Tented Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.