Very good and affordable accomodation at Lake Natron. We stayed in one of the lodge rooms. The view from the patio was fantastic! We also had breakfast, lunch and dinner and all meals were really good. We did a trip to Lake Natron with a fantastic guide from the World View Campsite. He showed us the flamingos, pelicans, marabous and lots of other birds at the lake and also the giraffes which was an overwhelming experience; they let us come really close. We also hiked to the Ngaresero Waterfalls with the guide which was also awesome!
We have stayed here twice in the last few months and had a lovely experience each time. It is budget accommodation but the lodge rooms are clean and spacious and all the facilities work well. Food is delicious and plentiful. The staff are all helpful and friendly. Tipping is a problem - it's hard to know who works there and you don't want to miss anyone out. They need a 'staff tip box' with the money shared.
After driving up the sandy track we were rewarded with a clean massai campsite and a stunning view of the lake and its surrounding mountains. The ablution block consists of 2 showers (cold water only), two toilets and two washbasins
We stayed in the World View Campsite in January 2019. It is a wonderful place. Great view, interesting plants, shady campsites. Everything is clean and well organised. Just sitting there and enjoying the landscape gives you inner peace. It is well worth the long way. You should take full board since there is no other restaurant round the corner and the food is worth the price. Gabi and Alex
We arrived in the campsite with our tent; it was only 10$ a night, plus about 30$ for the meals.The food was nice. The view on Masaï villages and the Ol Doinyo Lengaï is amazing. We had a nice guide to show us the waterfalls and the Lake. The owner, Yona, is very welcoming and generous, he helped us a lot during our stay, and also to catch the local bus after it. It was an authentic experience and we were glad to meet such nice people. Don't forget to bring a lot of cash, there are fees to pay and no ATM
Before you go Don‘t forget to get your wildlife&conservation permit for lake Natron in Arusha (30$ per day). At the moment you can only get it in Arusha and they accept just US$. The entrance fee is 35 US$ (once not per day) but you can pay this one in Tsch. If you come by bus it wont stop at the gate so the guards come to the camp to collect the fee. By bus from Arusha If you are on a budget and come by bus from Arusha (20000 Tsch Lolliondo bus company tries to charge muzungu with 30000) you should know there is 1 early morning bus around 6. The bus drive is exhausting, there is no tarmac road after Mto wa Mbu. Access You have 2 possibilities to get to the camp site. You can get of the bus at Engare Sero and take a motorbike (5000Tsch). Or you get of the bus before entering Engare Sero and walk 5-10min to the camp. At the last gate (longido district fee) before Engare Sero you can spot ob your left 2 buildings which are the offices where you pay the tourist activities. A little bit up in the mountain on a sort of plateau you can spotWorld View Camp. Wait to get of the bus until you passed the gate, office buildings on your left and the few mud houses on your left. Now its just a short way up the hill! Camping&Facilities The camp site is located on a plateau overlooking the valley. You will wake up with a view on Ol Doinyo Lengai and the Lake Natron! The Campsite has 2 blocks of shared western toilets&showers in good condition. I brought my tent but they rent tents aswell. It‘s possible to take full board but I brought my own food to be self sufficient because I read there are kitchen facilities. They are very basic to nonexistent. I needed to borrow pots etc from the cooks of the organised tours. The campsite is run by local massai from the village. In staying there you support the local community. They work hard and try their best. But for people without patience, intercultural skills and understanding this might be the wrong place. Things to do: Their are 4 attractions you need to pay. The waterfalls, lake natron and the foodprints cost together 20US$ which included a guide. The volcano hike is 100 US$. The guides get their share and the rest of the money goes to the local communities. …
Unfortunately we had the misfortune to stay at this camp August 2017. Whilst the views are good and the facilities in line with what you would expect of a basic campsite in East Africa, the service was appalling. Unfortunately our car experienced an issue, due to the poor condition of the road, which normally would cost a maximum of $30 to fix. We were charged nearly ten times that and due to how remote the place is we had no options. However when we were a single dollar short of the immense fee, the owner refused to let us go without taking a member of staff the 5 hour drive back to Arusha to access an ATM. Seeing that we had run out of cash he began to add more bizarre 'fees' for each simple thing such as the mechanic using a bike to get a part and before you know it we were paying another $80 just to get the man out of the car to go home. I have lived in East Africa for three years and travelled extensively however I was shocked by the behaviour of these people who were so eager to take advantage of the misfortune of others. Even other Tanzanian guides were attempting to intervene on our behalf for the owner to show less greed and more understanding, however he was unwilling. The worst travelling experience to date. …
This part of Tanzania is off the well trodden path, but if you have the opportunity to get to it then don't miss it! It is my favourite place in Tanzania and an absolute highlight of my 10 week trip there. The campsite is a friendly place situated with a view of both lake natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai, which brings a feeling of wilderness like no other. Well equipped with solar power and showers, and reasonably priced compared to other campsites in the area. Lots to do as well, which the staff at the campsite can organise for you, including climbing the mighty Lengai (amazing experience but not for the faint hearted), nearby waterfalls to walk to, and of course the lake.
My friend and I were here for a few days in April 2016. We live in New Zealand and been travelling around TZ for 3 months. This is definitely the most beautiful place we've been to. Friendly homely feel to the accommodation and the staff have an approachable and can-do attitude which made our hasty trip possible. While we were there, the staffs took us to ol doinyo lengai, lake natron, the under-rated water falls nearby and much more. I think one thing that made this campsite extra special was that it was on the top of the hills of Engaresa over looking numerous Maasai village with a spectacular view Lake Natron and ol doinyo lengai to greet you every morning. And this is the traditional Maasai communities that we're talking about here, not the Maasai villages that you see on your Safari package, where you would question their commercial tourism motives. I can not speak more highly of this campsite and the genuine experiences that it can offer you around Engaresa. Perfect for people keen to get knees deep into what rural Tanzania has to offer. How under-rated and under-the-radar this place is makes it the most amazing treasure we have found in Tanzania during 3 months there. Ol doinyo lengai also makes Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro look like a walk in the park. It's beauty and satisfaction can definitely rival them also!…
Enjoyed my stays at World View Campsite very, very much. A small oasis between two Maasai boma's. With a stunning view on Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain and Lake Natron. Your tent under shady trees. Very helpful and friendly Maasai staff. Good guides for excellent climbs and walks. Very modern clean toilet buildings also nice. A place to remember!