Discovering the hidden gems of Lake Natron region

Discovering the hidden gems of Lake Natron region

Lake Natron is a salt or alkaline lake located in northern Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. It is famous for its flamingo population, its red color, and its proximity to the active volcano Mt Ol Doinyo Lengai. But Lake Natron has much more to offer than these well-known attractions. In this blog post, we will explore some of the hidden gems of Lake Natron region that will make your visit unforgettable.

Ngare Sero Waterfall Hike

One of the most rewarding activities in Lake Natron region is hiking to the Ngare Sero waterfall, a stunning oasis in the middle of a dry and dusty landscape. The hike starts from a small Maasai village, where you will meet your local guide and pay a small fee for entering their land. The trail follows the Saitoti River, which flows from the slopes of Mt Ol Doinyo Lengai. You will cross the river several times, sometimes walking on the rocks and sometimes on the riverbed. The hike is not very difficult, but you will need good shoes that can get wet and a sense of adventure.

The hike takes about 25 to 45 minutes each way, depending on your pace and how often you stop to admire the scenery. Along the way, you will see different types of plants, such as desert roses, palm trees, and acacias. You will also enjoy the views of the towering walls of the Ngare Sero gorge, which is 600 meters deep and carved by volcanic activity.

The highlight of the hike is reaching the Ngare Sero waterfall, a beautiful cascade that drops into a pool surrounded by lush vegetation. The waterfall is not part of the Saitoti River, but comes from a side stream that originates from a spring. The water is cool and refreshing, and you can swim in the pool or stand under the waterfall for a natural massage. The waterfall is surprisingly powerful, so be careful not to get too close to the edge. You can also walk upstream from the waterfall and see another smaller but wider cascade that blocks further progress.

The Ngare Sero waterfall is a hidden gem that not many tourists visit, so you may have it all to yourself. It is a perfect place to relax, enjoy nature, and take some amazing photos. You can spend as much time as you want at the waterfall before heading back to the village.

Hot Springs

Another hidden gem of Lake Natron region is the hot springs that are scattered around the lake shore. These are natural pools of water that are heated by geothermal activity and have different temperatures and mineral compositions. Some of them are very hot and can scald your skin, while others are warm and soothing. You can find them by following dirt roads or asking locals for directions.

One of the most popular hot springs is located near Lake Natron Tented Camp², a lodge that offers comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the lake and Mt Ol Doinyo Lengai. The hot spring is about 10 minute’s walk from the camp and has a wooden deck and a changing room. The water is clear and blue and has a temperature of about 40 degrees Celsius. It is said to have healing properties for skin conditions and joint pains. You can soak in the hot spring and enjoy the contrast between the hot water and the cool breeze.

Another hot spring that is worth visiting is located near Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge³, another lodge that offers rooms and camping facilities in a green oasis near Lake Natron. The hot spring is about 15 minutes walk from the lodge and has a natural rock pool that can fit about 10 people. The water is slightly cloudy and has a temperature of about 37 degrees Celsius. It is also said to have medicinal benefits for various ailments. You can relax in the hot spring and watch the birds and monkeys that frequent the area.

Rock Paintings

If you are interested in history and culture, you can also visit some of the rock paintings that are found in Lake Natron region. These are ancient drawings made by hunter-gatherers who lived in this area thousands of years ago. They depict animals, humans, geometric shapes, and symbols that reflect their beliefs and way of life.

One of the best places to see rock paintings is near Engaresero village⁴, which is about 20 kilometers from Lake Natron Tented Camp². You will need a local guide to take you there, as they are not well signposted or marked.

The rock paintings are located on a rock face that has several paintings of animals and humans. Some of the paintings are estimated to be over 10,000 years old and show the lifestyle and culture of the ancient inhabitants of this area. You will need to climb a ladder to reach the paintings, but the effort is worth it. You will be amazed by the skill and creativity of these prehistoric artists, who used natural pigments and brushes to create their masterpieces.

Camel Safari

If you want to experience Lake Natron region from a different perspective, you can also try a camel safari. Camels are not native to Tanzania, but they were introduced by traders and nomads from northern Africa and Arabia. They are well adapted to the arid and hot climate of Lake Natron region and can carry heavy loads for long distances.

You can book a camel safari with one of the local operators, such as Lake Natron Tented Camp² or Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge³. They will provide you with a trained camel, a saddle, a guide, and a picnic lunch. You can choose how long you want to ride, from a few hours to a full day. You will ride along the lake shore, enjoying the views of the flamingos, the volcano, and the salt flats. You will also pass by some Maasai villages and interact with the friendly people. You will learn about their culture, traditions, and challenges. You will also see some wildlife, such as zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and ostriches.

A camel safari is a fun and adventurous way to explore Lake Natron region. You will feel like a desert explorer and appreciate the beauty and diversity of this area.


Lake Natron region is also a paradise for birdwatchers, as it hosts over 300 species of birds. The most famous ones are the lesser flamingoes, which number in the millions and create a spectacular pink spectacle on the lake surface. They feed on the algae that grow in the alkaline water and breed on the islands and mudflats. They are endangered due to habitat loss and human disturbance, so they need protection and conservation.

But flamingoes are not the only birds that you can see in Lake Natron region. You can also spot other waterbirds, such as pelicans, storks, herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills, ducks, geese, and waders. You can also see birds of prey, such as eagles, vultures, falcons, kites, harriers, and owls. And you can also see songbirds, such as weavers, sunbirds, starlings, shrikes, larks, sparrows, finches, and buntings.

You can go birdwatching on foot or by car along the lake shore or near the lodges. You can also join a guided birdwatching tour with an expert who will help you identify the birds and tell you more about their behavior and ecology. You will need binoculars, a camera, a bird guidebook or app, and a lot of patience and enthusiasm.

Birdwatching is a rewarding and relaxing activity that will allow you to appreciate the richness and diversity of Lake Natron region’s avifauna.

(1) Lake Natron – Monduli, Tanzania – Atlas Obscura.
(2) Lake Natron – Wikipedia.
(3) This Alkaline African Lake Turns Animals into Stone.
(4) Lake Natron Tented Camp.
(5) Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge.
(6) Ngare Sero waterfall hike – a must when visiting Lake Natron.

Walk around the Great Pyramid of Giza

Walk around the Great Pyramid of Giza

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    Interesting facts about the Pyramid of Giza

    • Each of the stones that went into the building of the pyramids weighs between 20 and 50 tons, and there were thousands of them utilized when there was no machinery available (i.e, only with manpower).
    • Granite was used in the construction of several of the interiors of the pyramids, despite the fact that there is no granite anywhere near Egypt. The closest area where granite may be found is in the vicinity of the pyramids located around 200 miles away.
    • The weight of the pyramid is about 5,955,000 tons, according to estimates. When multiplied by 108, this number yields a somewhat accurate approximation of the mass of the earth.
    • The Great Pyramid of Giza was the highest man-made building in the world until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1311. Prior to that, the Great Pyramid of Giza held the distinction. It maintained its record for an unbelievable and unprecedented total of 3871 years.
    • Location in the Center of the Earth’s Land Mass: The Great Pyramid may be found at the exact geographic center of the earth’s land mass. There are two points on Earth where the east-west parallel that travels over the most land and the north-south meridian that also travels across the most land meet: one of these points is in the ocean, and the other one is at the Great Pyramid.
    • The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing today. It was constructed the longest ago of all of them.
    • The mean radius of the sun may be calculated by taking twice the circumference of the bottom of the granite coffer and multiplying that number by 108. 270.45378502 Pyramid Inches multiplied by 10 to the eighth power is 427,316 miles.
    • The sides of the Pyramid’s base come together to create a square that is almost perfect. Each and every one of the base’s angles is precisely 90 degrees.
    • The cornerstone foundations of the pyramid are constructed using a ball and socket design, which allows them to withstand the effects of thermal expansion as well as earthquakes.
    • The Great Sphinx of Giza is the biggest monolith statue in the world, and it stands vigil over the pyramids of Giza.
    • It is often thought that the face of the Sphinx is a representation of the visage of Pharaoh Khafra.
    • All of Egypt’s pyramids were constructed on the western bank of the Nile, which in Egyptian mythology was considered to be the gateway to the underworld and served as the backdrop for the sun’s descent into the horizon.
    • Because the Ancient Egyptians connected the stars in the constellation Orion to Osiris, the god of rebirth and the afterlife, the three pyramids at Giza are precisely aligned with Orion’s constellation. This may have been intentional on the part of the pyramid’s builders, as Orion’s stars were also associated with the Pleiades star cluster.
    • The empty coffer in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid is one of the most perplexing aspects of this ancient structure. This coffer is carved from a single block of chocolate-colored granite and is even more durable than the granite walls that surround the King’s Chamber. 
    • In spite of the intense heat that is present outside, the temperature within the pyramids remains quite stable, hovering around about 20 degrees Celsius (60 F).
    • The pyramids were not constructed by slaves or captives but rather by normal employees who were compensated for their labor.
    • Even though many people have the impression that hieroglyphics are associated with pyramids, neither writing nor hieroglyphics have ever been discovered within the Great Pyramid of Giza.
    • The Pyramid of Cheops was oriented such that it pointed in the direction of the magnetic north. It is, in point of fact, the structure that is oriented to the north the most precisely of any construction in the whole globe. The pyramid continues to point in that direction with just a little deviation, despite the fact that it was built over a thousand years ago. 
    • Up until the 14th century, the pyramids had such a glistening appearance that they were visible from the moon. However, an earthquake that occurred in the 14th century damaged the sparkling stones that the pyramids were made of, and now only limestones remain.

    Transportation and Accommodation

    Keep in mind that while the pyramids are located in close proximity to one another and that it is feasible to go to each of the sites, you will spend most of the day walking through thick sand while exposed to direct sunshine.

    In addition, it is likely that you will need to travel a distance of at least 7 kilometers in order to see all of the attractions that the region has to offer. If you find that so much walking isn’t your cup of tea, there’s no need to worry about it. You won’t be able to go more than twenty feet without encountering a relentless salesperson who will offer you a trip on the camel’s back.

    Camel and Horse Ride fees

    According to the rules set out by the government, the fee for a camel, horse, or carriage ride of 30 minutes is 100 Egyptian Pounds (not per person), and the fee for a journey of 60 minutes is 200 Egyptian Pounds (per animal). You shouldn’t listen to anybody who tries to get you to spend more money, and if someone offers you reduced pricing, you should assume that they are trying to pull a fast one on you.

    Restrooms located inside the Great Pyramids

    Since there are just a few bathrooms within the gate, you should make preparations in advance. Outside of the Pyramids of Giza is where you’ll find the Panorama Sphinx Restaurant in addition to the rest facilities that are available at the entrance. There will be an attendant in each restroom who will expect a gratuity in exchange for keeping the facilities at least fairly clean.

    Variety of options for both food and drink

    There are just two restaurants in the Giza Pyramid Area, and their names are the Panorama Sphinx Restaurant and the 9 Pyramids Restaurant. If you’re starving, you won’t have any other choice than to pay the exorbitant price for them. In addition to serving both hot and cold drinks, they have a lunch buffet available for 300 LE.

    Nearby the Sphinx and just outside the main entrance is where you’ll find the Pyramids Restaurant. After wandering about for a few hours in the desert, you will most likely work up a desire for some food. Their Mixed Grill entrée is flavorful and has just the right amount of stuffing.

    Some helpful tips for tourists

    • Get to the entrance exactly at 8:00 in the morning to avoid the tour buses and the crowds of people. You won’t have to wait in the enormous lines that often form at the ticket office, though.
    • Take a light-hearted attitude and make light of the situation by having some fun with the touts; alternatively, pretend that you do not understand English and just ignore them. Getting upset is not a good idea since the point of this trip is for you to enjoy yourself.
    • If you do choose to ride a camel or a horse, you should be forthright about the cost and expectations you have for the experience, and you should maintain those commitments. You may consider recording them when they accept your terms so that you can play it back in case they later change their minds.
    • If all of the scams and photographs that were stated above look like your worst nightmare, get in touch with us so that we may make arrangements for a tour guide to accompany you while you are here. In addition to this, they will act as your personal bodyguard and assist you in interacting with members of the community.
    • Although the Giza Plateau is closed during the early morning and late evening hours, the views from the Mena House Hotel are nonetheless spectacular. While you are reading our travel guide on the Pyramids of Giza, you should also make it a point to take a look at our list of things to do and see in the fascinating city of Cairo.
    • Give your camera a full charge.
    • Ensure that your camera is constantly set up and ready to take amazing pictures.
    Have you gone on an Okavango Delta, Botswana Safari?

    Have you gone on an Okavango Delta, Botswana Safari?

    The Okavango Delta, widely regarded as one of the world’s premier safari sites, is renowned for the sheer variety of animals that can be found there. Visitors may discover a sparkling oasis controlled by dryness and drought, where animals travel in thousands of numbers, resulting in a game density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

    Other options include exploring the lake from a dugout canoe or aboard the Kubu Queen houseboat, followed by a stay at a luxury resort in the Moremi Game Reserve, such as Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp.

    When is the ideal time to visit: The greatest time to visit them is from May to September, during the Dry season and winter when temperatures are more reasonable.

    The greatest time to visit Botswana is during the dry season. Is there anything I should bring with me? What kind of animals am I likely to see? You almost certainly have a slew of questions.

    As you read more about your safari vacation in the areas below, start compiling a bucket list of things to do. Do you have a question that has not been answered? Please contact us using the form provided below, and we will be pleased to help you!

    A comfy bed for the night is required when one’s brain is full of wonderful recollections. All of our lodgings are magnificent, environmentally friendly, and designed to provide you with the best possible Okavango Delta experience. We take great pleasure in assisting you in finding your home away from home.

    This classic safari location in northern Botswana is home to the world’s biggest inland river delta, the Okavango Delta, which is the world’s largest inland river delta. Exploring the Okavango Delta is best done by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), by boat, on foot, and on game drives. The Okavango Delta is a tangle of shimmering lagoons and flowing canals, as well as islands filled with animals.

    The Moremi Game Reserve, which occupies the eastern and central regions of the region, provides a haven for over 500 species of birds as well as a dense concentration of plains game that attracts a variety of predators.

    The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds and a dense concentration of plains game that attracts a variety of predators. It is extremely typical to encounter lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, and a variety of antelopes, among other animals, in the area.

    Luxury and tented lodging choices are available in the Okavango Delta, and an exceptional safari experience is available throughout the year.

    The Okavango Delta’s wildlife is diverse and abundant due to the abundance of habitats and protection provided by the government. The Okavango Delta is home to high populations of wildlife throughout the year, as well as during certain seasons. Because of excellent wildlife management, it has emerged as one of the most rewarding destinations in Africa for wildlife viewing.

    A dynamic seasonal change occurs in the movement of animals between the dry area around the delta and the Okavango Delta itself. The vast majority of big animals migrate out from the delta during the rainy season to take advantage of the abundant grass that surrounds it. As the grazing on this land starts to dwindle in the winter, the animals return to the delta.

    A diverse range of species can be found in the Okavango Delta including the African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippos, Lechwe (Topi), Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe (with its young), Crocodile (with its young), Lion, Cheetah (with its young), Leopard (with its young), Greater Kudu (with its young), Sable Antelope (with its young), Black Rhinoceros (with its young), Plains Zebra (with its young).

    The Okavango Delta, in particular, is home to the critically endangered African Wild Dog, which has one of the densest populations of its kind anywhere in the world.

    The incredible diversity and richness of the eco-systems found in and around the Okavango Delta attract a diverse range of species to the region. It is because of the tremendous diversity and concentration of animals and birds that it has gained the reputation as one of the best safari destinations in the world.

    The Okavango Delta would not exist in its current form without the assistance of a number of keystone species that contribute to the shaping of the ecology and habitats in and around the Delta. The elephant, the hippopotamus, and the termite are examples of ecosystem engineers.

    In part, this is due to the Okavango’s watery environment, which has contributed to the development of a diversified and complex eco-system, which includes hundreds of tree and plant species that provide habitat for the region’s diverse animals.

    The Okavango Delta and its neighboring surroundings are awe-inspiring in terms of their variety. There’s everything from papyrus-lined canals studded with lilies to broad grass plains dotted with palm trees and wild sage, mopane forests, and old baobab and acacia trees to explore in this region.

    Acacia hebeclada, Leadwood (combretum imberbe), Jackalberry (Diospyros mespiliformis), Marula (Sclerocarya birrea), Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana) and the Knobthorn tree are some of the most common trees found in the area, as well as other species.

    Because of the Okavango Delta’s people and how they choose to preserve this unique environment, the future of the delta is in their hands. They must strike a balance between the needs of the wild and their own as they transition from a traditional way of life to one associated with modern economics and commodities.

    As a result of recent immigration from other parts of Botswana, the population in this area is diversified, both in terms of character and ethnic origination.

    The majority of people reside in cities and villages on the borders of the wetlands, with just a few individuals residing inside the marshes themselves. As a result, demographic data for Ngamiland has been compiled in one place.

    The origins of human contact with the Okavango Delta are veiled in mystery, with most of it derived from oral tradition. People from a variety of tribes claim sites such as the Tsodilo Hill, which is ornamented with over 4 000 rock drawings and is claimed by various tribes, including the Hambukushu, Bugakhwe, and Xanikwe, among others.

    Observations based on archaeological evidence indicate that northern Botswana has been inhabited for at least the last 100 000 years, and most likely for much longer than that.

    This early habitation has been documented at a number of locations around the Okavango Delta, and it is reasonable to believe that all of the regions between these sites were populated at some point in the past.

    The natural resources of the Delta, such as game, fish, and water, would have been essential to the people who lived here, with those who lived farther away making trips to the marsh to harvest food for their families.

    Historically, the Delta’s initial occupants were hunter-gatherers, who may have been the ancestors of today’s Bushmen, San, and Basarwa people. Those populations would have been tiny, and they would have moved about a lot in search of food, which would have come from wild animals and vegetation.

    Early Bantu people were responsible for the introduction of livestock and agricultural production, which resulted in the establishment of permanent communities. Despite the fact that some of these tribes may have colonized the region more recently, the BaKgalagadi, Wayeyi, and Hambukushu, Dxeriku, Herero, and Tawana were all descended from these initial farmers, either directly or indirectly.

    The history of the inhabitants of the Delta is characterized by repeated movement as people migrated to new sources of natural resources and economic opportunities, or to avoid sickness, both animal and human, war, drought, or floods, or to escape disease, both livestock, and human.

    The Tawana people, for example, initially came to Ngamiland on hunting expeditions before settling in their first permanent villages around the year 1800. Over the following 100 years, they relocated their capital no less than eight times, with the most recent relocation taking place at Maun in 1915.

    With the rinderpest outbreak of 1896 decimating the cattle population and sleeping sickness in the 1940s and 1950s forcing the evacuation of numerous communities in the Delta, livestock illness has played an important role in the population dynamics of Ngamiland.

    For most of history, violence has played a part in the region’s population dynamics, with invasions by the Matabele people in the second half of the nineteenth century causing the occupants of several communities to evacuate their homes.

    The German-Herero conflict, which lasted from 1904 to 1906, resulted in a large number of Herero people fleeing to Ngamiland. More recently, in 1969 and 1970, the Hambukushu people were transferred to the Etsha communities in the panhandle in order to avoid confrontation with the Angolan government.

    The more gradual and less spectacular migrations caused by the pull of new resources or economic possibilities are less well recorded, but these movements have continued to the present day, with considerable numbers of people migrating to metropolitan areas as a result of economic prospects.

    With unpredictable rainfall and floods, as well as natural resources dispersed across huge distances, people have had to be adaptable, with families having a variety of sources of income to survive in this region. Additionally, activities vary according to the seasons or from one year to the next, depending on floods, availability of resources, labor, and money, among other factors.

    The Okavango Delta, which serves as one of the few sources of water during the dry season, is home to hundreds of species and has one of Africa’s most densely populated areas of wildlife. That the floodwaters come at this oasis in the desert at a time when the rainy season has finished and water and food are becoming limited in the vicinity is what makes it such a marvel in the desert.

    As a result, the waters of the annual flood are truly “waters of life,” resulting in: an extraordinary juxtaposition of a vibrant wetland in an arid landscape; the miraculous transformation of huge sandy, dry, and brown depressions by winter season floods; and spectacular wildlife displays, including large herds of African Elephants, Buffaloes, Red Lechwes, Zebras, and other large animals splashing, playing, and drinking from the clear waters of the Okavango.

    Have you traveled to Tanzania?

    Have you traveled to Tanzania?

    Tanzania offers the best of both worlds: safari and luxury. It is one of the greatest alternatives for those seeking a beautiful environment and a chance to reconnect with nature while still enjoying first-class accommodations and meals.

    The Highlands camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and has breathtaking views, especially those of Mount Kilimanjaro. The deluxe domed tents are outfitted with everything you need for a pleasant getaway, and gourmet meals are made with organic foods from the surrounding area.

    Tanzania is renowned for its wildlife resources, which are regarded to be among the best in the world. Tanzania is the only country that has designated more than 25% of its entire land area as national parks and protected areas for wildlife.

    Tanzania has sixteen national parks, twenty-eight game reserves, forty-four game-controlled areas, one conservation area, and two marine parks. Tanzania is home to many of Africa’s most popular destinations: the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro in the north, and the Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks and the Selous Game Reserve in the south.

    Stunning Wildlife

    Tanzania, more than nearly any other location, is synonymous with safaris. The grasslands are strewn with wildebeest stampedes. In muddy streams, hippos compete for space. Elephants migrate along seasonal pathways, while chimps swing among the trees.

    Throughout the country, there are unmatched opportunities to experience this natural bounty: take a boat safari down the Rufiji River past dozing crocodiles in Selous Game Reserve; observe giraffes silhouetted against ancient baobab trees in Ruaha National Park; sit motionless as waterbirds peck in the shallows around Rubondo Island, and hold your breath as lions pad around your vehicle in Ngorongoro Crater.

    Beaches of Idyll

    Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast is stunning, with quiet islands and sleepy coastal settlements steeped in centuries of Swahili culture — this East African coast was once the home of sultans and a vital link in a vast commercial network stretching to Persia, India, and beyond.

    Relax on powdery beaches lined with palm trees and enormous baobabs; soak in spectacular pastel-hued sunrises; immerse yourself in lazy coastal rhythms; and sit under the billowing sails of a wooden dhow, listening to the creaking of its rigging and the soothing slap of the water on its prow.

    Kilimanjaro (Mt. Kilimanjaro)

    Mt Kilimanjaro, which casts a shadow over northern Tanzania’s plains, lures travelers with its beautiful, wooded sides and dignified snow-capped summit. It is Africa’s tallest mountain and the highest free-standing volcano in the world. Additionally, it is home to the Chagga people and a plethora of birds and fauna.

    Thousands of climbers go here to test themselves on the muddy slopes, rough pathways, and treacherous scree. The perks include the adrenaline rush of reaching Africa’s summit; stunning vistas of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields; and viewing daybreak illuminating the plains far below.

    Enchanting Cultures

    Wherever you go in Tanzania, chances to learn about the country’s people and traditions abound. Meet the Maasai warriors wearing crimson cloaks. Spend time with the Barabaig, a semi-nomadic tribe that lives near Mt Hanang. Discover the warmth of a traditional dinner and the beats of traditional dancing. At local marketplaces, converse, and barter. Above all things, it is the Tanzanian people that contribute to the country’s memorability.