Lake Eyasi

The Lake Eyasi (English Lake Eyasi, French Lac Eyasi, formerly Njarasasee, old German name Hohenlohesee ) is a salty and endorheic lake in northern Tanzania, which is located west of Ngorongoro in Arusha Region. He is one of many lakes in the Rift Valley.


The Lake Eyasi belongs to the district of Karatu in Arusha Region. The south-eastern shore borders on the Shinyanga region and the north end of Singida.

It is located in the Crater Highland (District Karatu, Arusha Region ); more precisely, to the south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater. He is one of several lakes in the Great Rift grave breach. The southwestern edge of the Ngorongoro volcano falls into the north-eastern end of the lake.

Apart from the jagged southeastern shore that is shallower apparently due to filling by sedimentary rocks by the Sibiti, which flows there, the lake is actually rectangular. Most of the former coastline one can understand the basis of the color changes to the fairly steep shores of the lake. Seasonal, dramatic fluctuations in water level may indicate that the Lake Eyasi is relatively flat, even during the periods of maximum water object. Although the photo shows dark water, yet past satellite images have shown that the lake was almost completely empty. The lake was discovered in 1882 by Oscar Baumann.

Around the lake lives the ethnic group of the Hadza. The trunk represents a retreat population of the original hunter-gatherer populations in Africa

Flora and Fauna

At the northeast end of Lake Eyasi, there are many acacias and palms. Many animal species live around the lake. The most frequently encountered are leopards, hippos, monkeys, and flamingos and pelicans.

The water level in Lake Eyasi changes frequently. Even if the water sometimes reaches its maximum level, the lake is still relatively flat. There are always dry periods in which the Lake Eyasi reaches a minimum water level.