is one of the most dramatically scenic places in Africa, a truly remarkable area which remains incredibly little visited given its proximity to Ngorongoro
The main highlights are the superb volcanic scenery dominated by the massive active volcano Oldonyo Lengai
, the enormous Lake Natron
whose sodiforous waters take on the most extraordinary colours and the attractive thatched settlements of Maasai herders.
Getting here is pretty tough, the roads can be terrible and the accommodation is simple. Dry season, Jul/Oct, is the best time, although they are yet to invent a word to describe quite how dusty the journey can be.
If you are fit and foolhardy enough, then you can get up at midnight to climb the great volcano, to reach the crater by sunrise ... perhaps the greatest one day trek in Africa.
If you are outdoorsy, adventurous and looking to experience truly authentic and extraordinary place, then you need look no further.