A shallow and seasonal lake that is located next to the western border of Ngorongoro conservation area
, in northern Tanzania. Part of it is a marsh that stays green for most of the year - bearing the name - small marsh.
There is a similar but larger lake near it - lake elemeti
, and the two serve as a watering hole and grazing ground for animals in the dry season.
The two lakes drain most of their water into lake Ndutu in the rainy seasons.What to do there?
Game watching, especially when the wildebeest migration is in the area, as well as some of the animals that prey on them, including lions. Unlike lake Masek
and lake Ndutu
, animals can be spotted out here throughout the day, with the exception of lions who normally are hiding under trees during the afternoon.
Other animals that you may see here include zebra, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle and hyenas etc. You could visit some of the other attractions in the vicinity (see section below after map).Best time to visit
In December, when the wildebeest migration is in or near the area, and any time not in the rainy seasons of March to July every year. There are clay soils in most of the area, which make most roads almost impassable during the rains.
Location of Lake L Dabash
Lake l'dabash is located next to the border between Ngorongoro conservation area and Serengeti national park
. Lake Ndutu and Masek are located about a 10 minute drive east of it.
When we last visited the area in late 2017, there were no public campsites, only special or exclusive campsites with no facilities or security, one or two lodges/hotels and an abundance of tented lodges that followed the migration. For more information on its location, please see the map below.How to get there
By vehicle or flight, with planes landing at the nearby Ndutu airstrip
, then head out to the lake using a tours or rented vehicle from the area.
Alternatively, a drive to the lake from Naabi gate
would take about 45 minutes, and about an hour from the Olduvai gorge museum