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Lake Natron

Lake Natron an alkaline lake located in northern Tanzania contiguous to the Tanzania – Kenyan border in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, in Ngorongoro and Monduli Districts within the Arusha Region. The lake is quite shallow and varies in width depending on its water level and surrounded by Rift Valley escarpments and volcanic mountain Oldoinyo Lengai and other small mountains as well as number of hills.

It is the only regularly breeding area for Lesser Flamingos in East Africa and furthermore, it offers feeding and roosting opportunities for an estimated 100,000 individuals of other species of water birds many of them Pale arctic migrants. In the lake margins springs and a few perennial streams are a source of freshwater for Maasai, cattle, wildlife and flamingos that co-exists in this huge alkaline lake basin.