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LAKE NATRON NATIONAL PARK

The main breeding site for 2.5 million lesser flamingos

PARK - LAKE NATRON NATIONAL PARK

Fabulous flamingos

Shimmering amid the sun-scorched Kenyan border northeast of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this 58 km-long but just 50cm-deep alkaline lake should be on every adventurer’s itinerary.

The drives from Mto wa Mbu or the northern Serengeti are remote, with a desolate, other-worldly beauty and an incomparable feeling of space and antiquity.

The roads pass through untravelled Maasai land, with small bomas and big mountains often in view in a wild, cauterised landscape. From June to November at the lake itself, around two million flamingos gather – it’s one of East Africa’s most stirring wildlife spectacles.

And close to the southern end of the lake, the views of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano are splendid.