Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Lake Natron Halisi Camp is set a few kilometres west of the village of Engaresero. The land belongs to the village of Engaresero, so that every guest staying at the camp is contributing to the development and wellbeing of the village and her people.

‘Halisi’, meaning authentic or real in Kiswahili, is a state of mind as well as place. Halisi Camps provide a simple bush camp experience, intimate and inviting, based on good food, friendly personal service and providing all the comfort you need.

Lake Natron Halisi Camp is open 10 months of the year from June to March.

The camp endeavours to be as green as possible with solar energy and careful water usage and other measures in place to try and ensure the smallest carbon footprint possible, without compromising on service and comfort.

The camp’s location provides sweeping views down to the Lake. Lake Natron is the only breeding ground in East Africa for 2.5 million Lesser Flamingo. The lake is a safe breeding location because its caustic environment is a barrier against predators trying to reach their nests.

Natron is also dominated by the immense Oldoinyo Lengai volcano, which though still active, makes a challenging climbing experience. Close by there is a beautiful gorge walk to the Engaresero waterfalls for a cooling swim, which when combined with a visit to the lake and the opportunity to experience Masai culture in the local villages, all make Natron an enchanting place to break a safari for two or three days.

The camp has 6 large, 6 metre en suite walk-in tents. There are king size beds or a family tent with 1 double and 2 singles. The tents have a separate bathroom area with a bush shower, sink, stand, mirror and toilet. Hot water is boiled and personally brought to your tent on request. Each tent has a small veranda area where you can sit and take in the view.


  1. Kathy and Jamie


    Halisi was our first bush camp experience. Unfortunately, we were the only guests for the 2 nights, so we didn’t get to see the camp in full swing. It provided a simple experience which what we were looking for in this remote area. The staff were attentive and accommodating and the food was wonderful. There was no choice of lunch and dinner menu, but we were more than happy with what was provided. Drinking water was filtered and topped up on request. The tent was comfortable and the bathroom facilities were better than expected. Water pressure in the shower was excellent. The only minor drawback in the tent was that the jug of water provided by the washbasin was rather small and the tap outlet, miniscule. So it was a real challenge to wash hands once they were soaped up … I should add that it was particularly dusty and windy when we were there. It was difficult to sleep the first night because of the noise of the wind and the tent flapping, but then that was part of the experience. The second night, we were more used to it. It was nice to be able to walk from the camp – to the lake and in the gorge, although you did need a Masai escort.

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