Dangerously Saline Red Lake Natron in Tanzania

Dangerously Saline Red Lake Natron in Tanzania

Lake Natron, Tanzania. A very shallow salt lake is very dangerous for those, who are not adjusted: the temperature can reach 60ºC and its ph level is 10! However, its rare red color makes Lake Natron a very unique and beautiful destination, which can be compared only to Laguna Colorada found in Bolivia.

The color varies from orange to red, to pink and is produced by the bacterias and other microorganisms. Surprisingly, this lake is a habitat for flamingos, that nest here and feed on red algae despite the alkaline water. It is a safe breeding place for these birds, since no predators come to this unfriendly terrain.

Why to go there?

See this unique lake and the Natron area, which provides spectacular sites: from flats to escarpments, to volcanoes.

When to go there?

Anytime – the weather is always warm. However, during the wet season (November to May) the afternoon thundershowers are often expected.

How to get there?

See the area during a safari in Serengeti National Park or Great Rift Valley.


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George Steinmetz

Photo by George Steinmetz

Marco Gaiotti

Photo by Marco Gaiotti

Michael Poliza

Photo by Michael Poliza


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