We arrived at the camp after a long hot and dusty drive. Our company had booked us a mobile tent there, so we cannot comment on the amenities of the fixed tents. However, we can comment on the quality of the public sanitary facilities. One word describes it all: disgusting (and we've seen and liked a number of lodges in Tanzania, and are not picky).
The whole place looks disgusting: the bar/dining area, the showers, the toilets, the wash basins. The bugs were unbelievable (5 minutes into what they call dinner, we had some creepy-crawlies in the soup, and a circle of dead insects around us, killed by the impregnation of our clothes). Even during daytime, flies are everywhere, on the food, on people's faces....
I did not dare enter a shower cabin, which was swarming with insects, so I asked one of the staff (all of which look and walk as if they'on drugs, which they probably are) if I could get a bowl so I can wash up a bit inside the tent. The rude answer was that there are showers and I should use them.
The whole camp had an unsanitary feel, we did not have a chance to look behind the mud wall behind which they were preparing the food, but the people serving it did not look or smell as if they had washed themselves for a very long time.
We fled that horrible place after only one night out of the booked two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wild and remote Lake Natron lies in the northeast of Tanzania in betweenthe Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti plains. Here it is the landscaperather than the animals that is the attraction - the area around the lakeinhabited by Maasai is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.Situated at the base of Africa's only active volcano Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God), Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The lake is home to millions of tiny crustaceans, attracting literally thousands of lesser flamingo's and it is therefore one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth.Unique in its setting, Lake Natron Tented Camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. Clean safari tents offer showers, comfortable beds and a private veranda. A fully stocked bar and candle lit restaurant ensure you have a cold drink and delicious food at the end of an arduous climb or long days walking. ... more less
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