A shallow, alkaline and seasonal lake that is located on the Ngorongoro side of the border between Ngorongoro conservation area
and Serengeti national park. Most of it dries up during the dry season, with some of its water draining into the nearby lake Ndutu, leaving a small part covered in tall marsh weeds.
Its basin serves as a grazing ground for several animals, especially when the wildebeest migration is in the area. There is a similar but smaller lake near it named lake l'dabash
, and the two get their water from smaller rivers, as well as rain.What to do there?
Go on a game drive, especially in December, when the wildebeest migration is in the area. When we were last there, the area was sporting large herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelles, and a pride of lions, that we unfortunately did not get to see.
Unlike lake Masek
and lake Ndutu
, animals can be spotted grazing at all times of the day. When done, you could visit other attractions in the area (see section below after map).Best time to visit
Any time not in the rainy seasons as the soils in the area are mostly clay - making them almost impassable. Or during December, when the wildebeest migration is in the area, making sure to arrange for accommodation in the area.Location of lake Elemeti
Lake Elemeti is located next to the western border of the Ngorongoro conservation area
, just a short distance from the Serengeti national park
. It also is about a 10 minute drive from the Ndutu ranger post of Ngorongoro, and the lake Ndutu airstrip
At the time of writing in late 2017, options for accommodation in the area are limited to special or exclusive campsites with no facilities or security, along with two built lodges and a lot of tented lodges that were only in the area for the migration. For more information on its location, please see the map below.How to get there
By vehicle or flight.
The area is about a three hour drive from Loduare gate
and 45 minutes from the /Naabi gate
, and you can either use a tours and travel vehicle, a rental or private one.
If heading out here by plane, then you could either land at the nearby Ndutu airstrip or the one in Seronera
and drive from there using a rental or tours vehicle.