Africa is a continent full of wonders, some known to man and many yet to be discovered. In celebration of our continent’s beauty and mystique, we will be looking at some of the wonders it has to hold. Welcome to The Mysteries of Africa series where we take a look at Africa’s most mysterious sights and sounds. Before we continue please take the time to subscribe and hit the notification bell for the more amazing content on our mama Africa.
Today we will be looking at the mysterious Lake Natron. Lake Natron is situated in Arusha Tanzania and is known to some as the deadly lake that turns animals into stones. The water in Lake Natron has a PH of 10.5 and can burn animals or human beings who get into contact with it however There have been many flourishing birds seen on the waters of the Lake, in fact, flamingos use the shallow part of the waters as a breeding ground so when famous photographer Nick Brant released haunting photographs of the deadly Lake in his book “Across the Ravaged Land which showed animals turning into rocks after touching the waters. Many were shocked He claims to have discovered dead birds and bats in the LakeIt is also important to know that the water temperatures can rise to as high as 41 degrees Celcius.
So with all that information, my conclusion is that Lake Natron does not kill its animals immediately after they touch the deadly waters. This is not the same case as Lot’s wife who lloked back and was turned into a pillar of salt but instead the lake slowly preserves the unfortunate dead animals through calcification due to the lakes high alkalinity.
If you are intrigued about this mysterious Lake take a visit to Arusha Tanzania which is on the Eastern part of Africa. The weather at Lake Natron is primarily hot and mostly dry, and the coolest months to vist are June through August. If you plan to visit during the wet season, you may have to consider that roads and trails to and around the Lake may be more difficult to traverse, and this could affect the convenience and full availability of activities.