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Lake Natron: Explore The Lake That Turns Animals Into Stone

In the northern region of Arusha close to the Kenyan border lies Tanzania’s Lake Natron. It is a salt lake that is alkaline. This lake is not very deep but it is mesmerizing, it appears to have a beautiful reflection.

As beautiful as this lake appears, it is as dangerous. It turns animals to stone but this is not as a result of any mystery or folktale. It is as a result of the salt and high alkaline ph present in the water. When animals touch the water, calcification occurs and the animal dies yet appears like a stone. Every part of the body down to its hairs are still in place. The sight of these dead animals makes a very compelling image.


Although it serves as a breeding place for the endangered Lesser Flamingo and houses some algae it is not conducive for life form.

<em>Dead Buffalo on Lake Natron. Photo: Pinterest</em>

The lake is red because of the bacteria that live in it this makes its temperature very high. Although it sounds petrifying, it is an exciting tourist attraction.

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