Lake Natron is one of my most favorite places in the entire world.
Natron is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border, and its water levels rise at different times of year, often revealing seemingly alien landscapes of color and desolation. There is no easy way to travel there– it takes five hours to drive there from the closest inhabited town over incredibly rocky and dangerous terrain, but once you arrive, you are met with one of the most spiritually revealing locations in the world. It is the home to exotic and beautiful animal life, both harsh and calming winds, and a bleak severity that cleanses the mind.
The water in Lake Natron has an extremely high soda and salt content sometimes making it deadly to animal life, and this is what inspired me to share this place with you. I recently became aware of some amazing photographs of Lake Natron by Nick Brandt where he captured animals that had died there and had been hauntingly preserved:
You can read more about Nick Brandt and his photographs by clicking here.
But Natron is not all death and taxidermic horror! While I was there, I filmed several meditative pieces that reveal the complexity of the landscape there that I hope you will enjoy and learn from:
At a tributary of Lake Natron I had the great opportunity to stumble upon a family of camels. Watch how the father camel informs us that we need to keep our distance!
This is a time lapse view of the morning sun rising from our campground. Breathtaking! Watch the entire video and I promise you will feel a sense of calm and peace wash over you.
And finally, here is a brief meditation (from our upcoming Blazing Borders series) on how I believe travel can be a physical manifestation of a psychological rite of passage. In it, you will see all the clips from our journey to Lake Natron, including a popped tire in the middle of the plains!
If you ever have the opportunity to travel to this remote paradise, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to give you any tips on how to make your journey safer, spiritual, and beyond memorable.