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Lake Natron Tented Camp
Reviewed 11 March 2012

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.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2010

This place was horrible. I am not an extremely picky person, and my husband is even less so. The drive to Natron was exhaustively hot and long and Lake Natron was definitely not worth the trip. Natron was our last stop in a 10 day safari around Tanzania and was an unwelcome end to an otherwise amazing journey through the parks. We enjoyed every previous lodge we had stayed at during our trip (Olduvai, Serengetti tented camp, Mawe Ninga) which amplified how shockingly bad the Natron camp was. The tent cabins were the worst we stayed in. The bathroom/shower was in the back of the tent, and there was no drain for the shower. The entire slab the tent was built on was sloped so that when we took a shower the water literally ran through the bedroom area and out the door! We had to make sure our luggage was off the ground so that it did not get soaked. Really funny, but super gross. There were also goats walking around the tents the whole time. You may be thinking "goats, how cute", but trust me, it's not cute, because a lot of goats bring a lot of goat crap. It smelled horrible. My husband also received a GI infection from the food at Natron which haunted him for months after returning home (including a very terrifying ER visit). The locals charged a toll of $45 to leave town (we call it the Mzungu tax) which left an unpleasant taste in our mouth after an already unpleasant stay.

Our wonderful safari guide Gideon was our saving grace during the Natron trip, as he arranged hikes with a local guide that were definitely the highlight of our 2 day descent into Natron.

Our stay was in late November of 2007. It's possible that things have improved since then. We did appreciate how our travel agency (Africa Travel Resource) responded to our complaints, and hope that things have improved. We however cannot recommend this camp and did not think the long drive was at all worth the add-on to the trip. Stay a few more days in the Serengeti or one of the islands instead (Note: Chole Mjini on Mafia is AWESOME!)

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lake Natron Tented Camp

Address: Lake Natron, Lake Natron, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Natron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Lake Natron
Price Range: £157 - £205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Natron Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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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