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Lake Natron Halisi Camp

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Small & beautiful Eco-camp with views of Oldoinyo Lengai. Lake Natron Halisi Camp offers close proximity to nature and Masai Culture while offering great comfort, service and food.
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jsemacdonald wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom20 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at Halisi Camp in July 2020 and found the experience to be an unforgettable introduction to Tanzania and Maasi culture. The heritage food was all based around traditional ingredients but with a modern twist such as the delicious local nut ice cream or Baobab juice. Since coronavirus the camp has changed management entirely and the whole staff are Maasi from the local village. Daniel and his team made us feel very at home while also providing insights on their traditional way of life. We felt honoured to get such a perspective and to know that our stay was directly supporting local people's livelihoods. The accommodation is tented and you really feel like you are surrounded by nature. Hearing Hyenas as you drift off is certainly novel. There is also a strong eco focus with them providing filtered water rather than bottled and natural soap products etc to minimise the footprint on the environment. Lake Natron is off the regular safari route but well worth the detour for the stunning desolation of the Rift Valley. Halisi Camp also helped us organise a guide to take us down to the lake to see the famous flamingos that that congregate there and for a sunrise trek up the Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain, Tanzanias only active volcano. For those who like their hiking this is a strenuous challenge but hugely rewarding. Steep doesnt quite do it justice as a descriptor. We visiting at coronavirus first started to ease and were very impressed with the safety measures the camp had in place ensuring guests and staff work masks throughout as well as regular hand sanitisation. The "new normal" seems to be something they have risen to. Overall an unforgettable part of our trip to Tanzania.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Francesca Marty, Sales at Lake Natron Halisi Camp
Responded 10 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for your review! It was great welcoming you at the camp and we are very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay at the camp and in the wonderful Natron area.
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WalkaboutGermany wrote a review Sep 2019
Germany54 contributions35 helpful votes
This may have been a good camp once - but it has become totally run down. Of course there is the constant storm and the constant sand, they cannot help that. (We were glad that the tent did not collapse during the night, but it is stable.) What could certainly be improved, is general cleanliness. Everything seems neglected and dirty, lots of things need repair. There was virtually not one zipper that really worked (which is great for the sand in the tent). Our neighbor's toilet did not work and the lamp fell on their bed. The masai working there were friendly, but management was not. Dinner was cold and the supply of drinks in the little fridge was very poor. Halisi Camp is situated in the midst of nowhere, with no view at all. What is nice is the many giraffes passing by all the time - but that was about the only thing we enjoyed.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from tzj_halisi, Public Relations Manager at Lake Natron Halisi Camp
Responded 23 Oct 2019
Dear WalkaboutGermany, many thanks for your feedback, that has been helpful in making us address the issues going on in the camp. As you have realised, the conditions in Lake Natron are quite extreme, the area is isolated and vey far from our office, which makes it challenging to keep up with everything. We have now put a new management and reporting structure in place, to avoid the same problems in the future. Like you say, there are some external factors that can't be changed (the dust, the high temperatures at certain times of the year) but others definitely can and we are working hard to make sure our clients have a great stay at the camp. With kindest regards, The Halisi team
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Julie W wrote a review Aug 2018
Janesville, Wisconsin69 contributions5 helpful votes
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Great camp with a wonderful staff. The food was fantastic (highly recommend the lasagna) and accommodations exactly what we expected, given the fact we were on safari and in Africa. We were very comfortable and the staff went above and beyond to see to our needs, including bringing buckets of water for us to wash our clothes. It was incredibly hot and dusty but this is the desert so don't expect otherwise. Would stay here again and highly recommend it. (If you do the waterfall hike, beware: it's intense and the trip is over very rocky ground with multiple water crossings, some thigh deep. It's worth the effort but be careful and WEAR GOOD WATER SHOES, not flip flops)
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Date of stay: August 2018
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familytourdirector wrote a review Jul 2018
Harrisburg, PA10 contributions3 helpful votes
The staff at this camp was extremely friendly and they were very accommodating, especially for a vegetarian. We found the food great - very fresh and unlike the frozen faire we get at most American restaurants! It is amazing how they make it on the very limited equipment they have. The tent is meant to be eco-friendly so that is why there is a bush shower and chemical toilet - as in most of the eco-friendly camps. Here you are staying close to nature, thus it is not meant to be a "luxury" accommodation, though if you come to understand how most people are living in Tanzania, it certainly is. We had two great nights here and enjoyed a wonderful tour and trip to the waterfall with our Masai Guide. Everything was great.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Die_Reisenden_Worms wrote a review Mar 2018
Worms83 contributions28 helpful votes
Lake Natron is definitely worth the long and bumpy ride because of its wonderful landscape (and even though only few flamingos were there during our stay), and Halisi camp is perfectly located close to the lake. The tents were frame tents with roof over tent, a small compartments for "safari shower" and chemical toilet. When we were there, it was very hot but also very windy, and the different tent layers were slapping against each other, that we really feared the tent would fly away (which luckily did not happen) and which prevented sleep during most part of the night. Food was o.k. and served in a small common tent, where it was also possible to charge electrical devices.The camp also provided us with a very good and tasty lunch box the next morning. As Halisi camp was generally more basic than others (maybe due to the more remote location, as not too many tourists were visiting this area), we had not expected this and it came as a pleasant surprise.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Natron Halisi Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Lake Natron Halisi Camp?
Nearby attractions include Themi Falls Leisure Park (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lake Natron Halisi Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Lake Natron Halisi Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Lake Natron Halisi Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.