The United Republic of Tanzania is part of the African Great Lakes area. It’s a paradise for those who want to enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of Eastern Africa. Every lake in Tanzania is the home of some of the most unbelievable ecosystems that encompass hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Even though the country has a total of 18 lakes on its territory, today we’ll take a look at the 3 most beautiful lakes in Tanzania.
1. Lake Manyara
If you’ve ever been fascinated by the African wildlife shown on TV and wanted to see it with your own eyes, this is the place to do it. The lake with shallow waters is indispensable for millions of creatures that depend on it for survival. You can include it in your safari circuit, or just dedicate a whole day to this beautiful area.
The acacia trees around the lake are the best place to spot tree-climbing lions and leopards.
The shores have a high concentration of other mammals, including elephants, baboons, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, hippos, and dik-diks. Depending on your luck, you could potentially see the whole surface of the lake or the shores covered in flamingos.
If you want to see the animals during the night, you’ll be glad to know this is the only lake in Tanzania that allows tourists to drive there by night. There are lodges in the park that offer accommodations and many types of activities, such as hiking and canoeing.
2. Lake Natron
It’s one of the most beautiful lakes, but it’s also deadly. It’s located at the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano. Natron is known for its red or pink waters. These are caused by microorganisms that love salt. Whenever the water levels drop, the levels of salt increase, and these microorganisms become extremely active, turning the water into shades of pink, red, or orange.
Even though there is not much wildlife here, the flamingos have adapted to the harsh conditions of the lake, and they flock here by the millions. During the breeding season, tourists can see over 2 million flamingos on the surface of the caustic waters.
Tourists should stay away from the water because its chemical components are pretty much the same as the ones used to embalm mummies, meaning whatever dies in there becomes a calcified mummy. Not only that but depending on the time of the year, the waters are hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
3. Lake Tanganyika
Tanganyika is one of the largest lakes in the world and its basin is shared by four countries, including Tanzania. One interesting fact that you might not know is that this is the source of the Nile river, meaning it’s also home to the famous Nile crocodile. Many species of primates live in the trees around the lake, including chimpanzees, making it the perfect spot for safari tours.
The experience when visiting Lake Tanganyika is not so much about general wildlife as it is about an authentic African local experience and meeting chimpanzees. There are enough lodges and resorts in the area will give you easy access to the beaches, the mountains, the parks, and the chimpanzee reservations because trekking to find chimp colonies are the main activity here.
For information on traveling to Tanzania please visit the official website.