This camp is situated by a freshwater stream where a spring provides freshwater. The area around Natron consists of volcanoes and craters which results in most of the lakes and water being full of soda and not hospitable for people and most animal life, except flamingoes which thrive on the zooplankton that exists in these hot and unsociable areas. This camp was set up in conjunction with Engare Sero village so that the local Masai community benefits from income from tourism. There are some camels which come to the camp, owned by the local Masai, which the camp looks after, provides water for and are training the camels to carry water, etc. and assist the local villagers.
There are 8 large tents at this camp, all named after local mountains. The tents are of a unique ‘Bedu' design to promote shade (essential in this hot, dry environment). The canvas en-suite rooms are covered with a large, camouflage fly cover to provide verandah areas and shade to relax under. They are designed to keep you cool in the day and to protect from the sometimes strong winds that pass through the valley floor. There is a dining tent and bar area.
A Masai shuka (light blanket) is provided for you to wrap around you and shade you and can assist in cooling while out walking if you place it in water then wear it. Rubber flip flops are also provided for walking through water as the soda water can ruin leather shoes. You can cool off and relax in the freshwater stream in front of your tent.
Activities available here include:
Flamingos - visit the birds on Lake Natron flats, evening or morning walks. Longer camel assisted walks to the nesting sites are sometimes available.
Bird Watching - Lake Natron flats, evening or morning walks to ponds.
Moonlit Walks - Lake Natron flats moonlit walks
Natron Tubing - Lay on a tube and gently float down the stream toward Lake Natron. Take a drink of choice.
Natron Sundowner - Lake Natron flats sundowner drinks.
Bush Dinner - Dinner under the stars on a grass mat and cushions on the lake flats
Oldony'o Lengai - Vehicle transfer to base. Ascent begins at midnight. Peak for sunrise and return to camp by noon.
Water Falls - Engare Sero Gorge easy walk to first water falls or gorge walk to the source for a longer hike.
Gorge Sundowner - Engare Sero Gorge sundowner at a high view point. From 4pm till 6pm.
Baboon Observation - Follow the baboon troop up the opposite side of the gorge in the evening.
Night Out - Lake Natron flats fly camping under the stars
Yoga - Private and group pre-arranged classes.
Masai Culture - Visit real bomas around the Engare Sero village
Game Drives - drives around the area with your driver guide.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499