We recently had two nights at this tented camp. Earlier reviews had not all been very positive but the tour company assured us that the camp had improved. Whether it had improved or not we can't say, but we can say that it was one fo the best we stayed in on our 19 day safari.
The drive from Arusha through the rift valley is spectacular and the camp is situated just outside a Maasai village on the banks of a small river flowing into Lake Natron. Each of the luxury permanent tents has been recently renovated and they are delightful, hidden away iin the cool shade of the gardens, full of wonderful birdlife. The sunrises over the rift escarpment and the lake are spectacular.
Not as sophisticated as some camps maybe, but why come all this way to such a spectacular spot looking for that!, The staff are really friendly and look after you well. The atmosphere is relaxed and the kids enjoyed the pool too. We visited the village with a local guide who was great, as well as having a long morning walk out onto the lake edge to watch flamingoes.
A highlight for all of us was the afternoon walk up to a cascading waterfall and swim in the plunge pool.
Ignore the older negative reviews, they are definitely out of date. We would go back tomorrow and stay for a week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wild and remote Lake Natron lies in the northeast of Tanzania in betweenthe Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti plains. Here it is the landscaperather than the animals that is the attraction - the area around the lakeinhabited by Maasai is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.Situated at the base of Africa's only active volcano Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God), Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The lake is home to millions of tiny crustaceans, attracting literally thousands of lesser flamingo's and it is therefore one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth.Unique in its setting, Lake Natron Tented Camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. Clean safari tents offer showers, comfortable beds and a private veranda. A fully stocked bar and candle lit restaurant ensure you have a cold drink and delicious food at the end of an arduous climb or long days walking. ... more less