Up to 57 km long and 22km wide
Breeding ground for over
2 million Lesser Flamingos
Great place to see the active volcano,
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Famous for Flamingos
Despite its harsh saltwaters, the deep red Lake Natron is the breeding ground for over 2 million Lesser Flamingos.
Lake Natron is one of East Africa's rift valley lakes, located
close to the border of Kenya. It is an alkaline Salt Lake, with a PH up to 10.5, making it a harsh environment for many animals to survive in. However, salt-loving microorganisms thrive in the environment, and turn the lake a deep red colour. High evaporation rates mean that the lake is less than three metres at its deepest points.
The Lesser Flamingo also survives in this environment, and over 2 million gather annually to breed. Three quarters of the world's population of Lesser Flamingos are found in East Africa, and the majority of these are hatched at Lake Natron.
Close by to Lake, Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai can be seen. Meaning 'Mountain of God' in the Maasai Language, Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano 2890m high at its summit.