Ngorongoro Crater Highlands


This tour can also be combined with a Wildlife Safari through the National Parks Lake Manyara and Tarangire as well as with Ngorongoro Crater.

DAY 1 Drive from Arusha onwards to Nainokanoka. Extended short trek to Olmoti Crater. The track takes you through the rim forested slopes of Olmoti Crater to the rim viewpoint. Overnight Olmoti Special Campsite

DAY 2 The trek continues to the distant Empakai Crater. On this day the trek covers open grassland through a natural amphitheatre created by encircling volcanoes. Maasai rush out of their traditional homes (Boma’s) to greet trekkers as they pass by.

The walk up Empakai affords awe-inspiring views, especially from the top where the sheer sided sunken crater can be seen. We camp on the Crater Rim, with Empakai on one side and Ol Donyo Lengai, the holy Maasai volcano, on the other. Overnight at Empakaai Special Campsite


From the overnight camp, we scramble down the sheer-sided slopes of Empakai onto the crater floor for a foot safari. Empakai Crater is a sunken volcano with a soda lake covering most of the crater floor. Flamingos nest here during the day to escape the blazing heat of the Rift Valley. A large forest on the western shore is home to antelope, buffalo, leopard and lion, with large seasonal zebra and wildebeest populations when they pass through on their migratory circuits. Stay overnight at Acacia Campsite .

DAY 4 The Masai Mountain of God , Ol Donyo Lengai looms out of the sunrise as we head out early to avoid the African heat. We arrive at the escarpment, the sheer wall that looms out of the Rift Valley floor, to admire one of the finest views in Africa .Sweeping vistas of the Rift Valley, 1500ft below, and the scattered active volcanoes, primitive rock formations, glimmering soda lakes and clustered Maasai bomas.The final six kilometers are across the tough uncompromising terrain of the valley floor. Met and drive to Lake Natron Tented Lodge/or Kamakia Campsite for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 Driving day via Engaruka and Mto wa Mbu back to Arusha.

Included: All national park fees & camping fees,4wheel drive safari vehicle with professional driver/guide, camping equipment. Three meals a day, Maasai Trekking Guides, Pack Animals, Ranger, Start Arusha and finish Arusha & Drinking Bottled Mineral Water.

Not included: Accommodation in Arusha, Discretionary Tipping, Soft Drinks, Alcohol & Cigarettes, Airport Transfers, Crater fee, Laundry & Items of personal nature, Anything beyond that mentioned.


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