Lake that turns animals to stone | Mysterious place Lake Natron

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Lake that is literal hell on earth for most animals. The pH and temperature levels in the water are so high it can burn off the skin and eyes of animals that aren't adapted to it.

Lake Natron is one of two alkaline lakes in that area of East Africa; the other is Lake Bahi. Both are terminal lakes that do not drain out to any river or sea; they are fed by hot springs and small rivers. It is quite shallow, less than three metres (9.8 ft) deep, and varies in width depending on its water level. The lake is a maximum of 57 kilometers (35 mi) long and 22 kilometers (14 mi) wide. As shallow lakes in a hot climate, their water temperatures can reach as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius).

You may ask why Lake Natron is so mysterious and dangerous place to explore. It turns out that Lake Natron has a pH as high as 10.5 and is so caustic it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren't adapted to it.

However, there’s one bird that has made this hellish place their paradise, which makes this place even more interesting- flamingo. An impressive 1.5-2.5 million Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor (Near Threatened) depend on this single lake during the breeding season – that’s 75% of the world’s population. While many migrating flamingos do stop over at other saline lakes along the East African Rift Valley, most rely on Natron.

As you plan your Africa dream safari in northern Tanzania, you should consider the weather and outdoor temperature so that you prepare properly, and also could relax and enjoy your trip. The weather at Lake Natron is primarily hot and mostly dry, and the coolest months are June through August. You may choose to schedule your tour of East Africa during the rainy or dry season at Lake Natron. Since this area is not a wildlife destination, the dry season does not see any concentration of wildlife – simply because the lake is highly alkaline, and terrestrial and mammalian life do not drink its waters. You only want to visit during the dry season because it is an excellent time for walking tours around the lake. The short and long wet spring season from November to May with hot humid spells in January and February, though, brings new life to the area around Lake Natron, and you may prefer a more lush landscape for your African active-adventure safari. The flamingos of Natron lay their eggs normally during the end of the dry season in September and October but the hatching starts in the early parts of the wet season, and climaxing by December.

This is absolutely one of the place on our Enzo Explore lists. What about you? Have you been there? Would you like to go?


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