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The Lake Magadi (Lake Makati) in Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania

Lake Magadi, on the side of the Ngorongoro crater is a small alkaline take that attracts these flamingoes to this area. “Magadi” in the local language here is means salty. The word is derived from the Masai people one of the local groups here. This lake is home to the famous flamingoes. The flamingoes feed on plankton, crabs, brine shrimp and dead algae.

Lake Magadi (Lake Makati) is a beautiful shallow soda lake found in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area –  Northern Tanzania. The lake is one of the most interesting features of the Ngorongoro conservation area. It attracts a lot visitors while on the safari in the Ngorongoro conservation area. The name of this lake is derived from the Masai language which means salty.

The high levels of alkaline in Lake Magadi’s water provide the best habitat for the water birds that inhabit Ngorongoro crater. The green algae covered waters are a source of food for the birds like the flamingos which always make the lake look beautifully pink, the pelicans and other birds. Making the lake a good spot for bird-watching while on a visit to Ngorongoro.

The swamps near the lake are a good habitat for the hippos of the crater, the forests are a good habitat of the endangered black rhinos, the African Elephants and the lush green grass around the lake attracts different herbivores like the wildebeests, buffalos, zebras, gazelles, topi, warthogs among others.

The lake’s name Magadi is a Kiswahili word for soda ash.

About Ngorongoro

There’s no need to search much farther than the Ngorongoro conservation area to find one of Tanzania and Africa’s most renowned locations.

Located within this Ngorongoro conservation area is the world’s largest crater lake, Ngorongoro Crater. About two million years ago, this crater formed. About 2,000 square kilometers make up the estimated depth of the crater. Undoubtedly, it is among the most memorable experiences of the trip to the Ngorongoro crater.

In addition to the Crater and the oldest ruins, there are numerous more attractions. There are over 25,000 different animal species in the Ngorongoro conservation area. For the purpose of giving birth, nearly 1.7 million wildebeests migrate onto the ndutu plains during the wet seasons. Around 470,000 gazelles and more than 260,000 zebras will give birth in this same season and region.

You can witness the massive African tusked elephant and the critically endangered black rhinoceros at the Ngorongoro conservation region.


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