lake natronThe Lake Natron is soda and a salt lake allocated in Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The lake is near to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern subdivision of the East African Rift.

The lake is inside the Lake Natron Basin, a Ramsar Site land of worldwide insignificance. However, Lake Natron is home to some endemic algae, invertebrates, and birds. The lake is the only common breeding area in East Africa for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes, whose status of near threatens results from their habituation on this one placement.

When salinity rises, so do cyanobacteria, and the lake can also support numerous nests. Those flamingoes, the single large flock in East Africa, stitchery on nearby saline lakes to provender on Spirulina blue-green algae with red pigments. The Lake Natron is a safe breeding location because its acerbic environment is an obstructer against predators trying to reach their nests on seasonally forming evaporate islands.

Greater flamingoes also breed on the mud flats. Ol Doinyo Lengai, in the Maasai language “Mountain of God”, is an active volcano found in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron inside the Arusha Region of Tanzania. Part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift, it uniquely produces nitro carbonatite lava.

Sports highlights of Lake Natron include a trek up Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcanic mountain in Tanzania and also offer a river walk with two waterfalls, a hike across a soda lake with flamingos.