Welcome to Lake Natron
Shimmering amid the sun-scorched Kenyan border northeast of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this 58km-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 untrammelled Maasai land, with small bomas (fortified compounds) and big mountains often in view in a wild, cauterised landscape. From June to November at the lake itself, upwards of three 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.
The base for visits is the small oasis of Engaresero (also spelled Ngare Sero; ‘impermanent water’ in Maasai) on the lake's southwestern shore.