We stayed here one night during our safari. When we arrived, it was quickly clear that the staff wasn't very hospitable (only to the group of Germans who were giving large tips), that the place wasn't very clean, and that there were rats in the area (rat droppings in the meeting area, tent, ...). Also, drinks were rather expensive, and outside the gate, you couldn't walk without being surrounded (rather aggressively) with Massai women who wanted to sell their jewellery. However, we didn't mind too much at that time, since you couldn't expect a spotless hotel service in a semi-luxury tented camp in the middle of nature.
The next morning, when we woke up, a filthy surprise awaited us. Our bed was covered whit rat droppings. You can imagine that this was not a nice awakening. The thought of rats having spend the night in our bed... When we reported this to the staff, they confirmed that there was a rat problem, but that they weren't doing anything to get rid of it. In such a case, I prefer to spend the night in a small tent in a basic tent camp, where I wouldn't have to spend the night with rats.
- 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