With the vast red and amber plains of the Serengeti on one side and the lush greenery of the Ngorongoro Crater on the other – the sun drenched shores of Lake Masek couldn’t hope for a better spot. This area is a firm favorite with visitors want ting to catch sight of one of nature’s most incredible events known as the Great Migration.
Every year millions upon millions of wildebeest and zebra cross the vast plains of the Serengeti in search of food and water. The thunderous hooves leaving a cloud of dust and the endless streams of herds crossing the heart of Africa is a sight and sound like no other. Not only is the Great Migration an awe inspiring sight but it is also a chance to see Africa’s most dangerous predators at work as they stalk the moveable feast. Visitors can witness these oversized herds taking the plunge through the cool waters of Lake Masek, breaking the normally calm surface as they wade from one side of the lake to the other.
The shimmering soda waters of Lake Masek provide a sanctuary of rest and relief for travelers. Umbrella trees cast short fingers of shade around the shore and numerous pink flamingos flock to stand one legged and curious on the banks. Hippos drift like oversized pieces of deadwood in the great lake and a giraffe sails past half obscured by the billowing green grass.
When the green season touches Lake Masek, the whole place lights up in bloom, beautiful flowers flourish, the yellowed grass turns a vibrant hue of green and the sunlight cascades off the glass like waters. Guests are free to relax around the great lake, trek through the chirping woodlands, take game safaris or just soak up the stunning atmosphere of the unrivalled wilderness.
Close by you can explore the local sights of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Be sure to stop at the nearby Oldupai Museum to walk in the shadows of our ancestors and see some magnificent tools and artifacts from thousands of years ago. The Aetolia Archaeological site is another wonder to see, this place is rich with fossils and you can even see man’s footprints preserved in ash from over three million years ago .Visitors can also opt to meet and interact with the local Maasai community and discover the bright and beautiful culture of Africa’s native tribes.
The accommodation dotting the shores of Lake Masek is both opulent and inviting. Luxury tented camps and lodges can be found throughout and offer soft linen sheets, hot showers and al fresco dining on the wooden verandahs as you watch the wildebeest pass by. Although some perfect views of the lake can be obscured by wild spreading acacia trees you can be rest assured of embracing the pure beauty of the place. Long sunny days can be spent at leisure and when the sun sinks the atmosphere is all about rejuvenation and enjoying the finer things in life.
Lake Masek will welcome visitors into its natural serenity any time of year. However those wanting to catch the excitement and splendor of the great migration are best glimpsing the action during the months between January and March. From June through until November the local wildlife tends to congregate around the watering holes to bathe, drink and cool off from the fiery sun.
Lake Masek provides the perfect base location for those wanting to see the most popular and spectacular sights of Tanzania. The Great Migration, the sweeping Serengeti plains and the ancient Ngorongoro Crater Rim are all wondrous places that allow you a real adventure into the heart of Tanzania and Africa.