Lake Eyasi is a fairly large, approximately 400 sq mile, lake with a mild soda content, situated in the Great Rift Valley south-west of the Ngorongoro Highlands in northern Tanzania. Like most East African soda lakes, the water level varies greatly throughout the year. Greater and lesser flamingos may be seen, sometimes in great numbers. Storks, pelicans and other birds may also be found bobbing in the lake’s waters or on its shores. Lake Eyasi is not a prime wildlife destination, although monkeys, antelope and hippos can be found in the area.
The lake is probably best known for being in the home territory of the Hadza tribe, also known as the Watindiga or Wahadzabe, who live in the bush around the northern shores. They are hunters and gatherers who formerly inhabited the Serengeti, but were forced away by stronger and more aggressive tribes.