Ngorongoro Highlands

Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking viewpoint

Get close to nature

This trekking takes you through the diverse landscapes of the Ngorongoro Highlands with its volcanic features. From grassy plains and dense mountain forest to the savannah of the Great Rift Valley. You will experience unique landscapes, beautiful wildlife and an insight in the life of the famous Maasai people who inhabit the area. This trek gets you closer to nature than ever before.

Sample itinerary: Ngorongoro Highlands trekking 5-days

Day 1   Olmoti Crater

Depart early in the morning from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Together with a ranger, Maasai porters and donkeys you will climb the rim of the Olmoti Crater. The view at this crater edge is truely impressive. After this we take you to the Empakai Crater for dinner and overnight at the special campsite along the rim.

Day 2   Empakai Crater
Today you hike down into the Empakai Crater. One third of the crater bottom is coverd by the Empakai Lake. This soda lake is an important source for flamingos, which you can observe throughout the year. After lunch you will have another hike along the rim. Dinner and overnight at the same campsite along the rim.

Day 3   Acacia Camp
Trek 15 km from the Empakai via Nayobi (Maasai village) to the Acacia Camp. The trek leaves the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and the landscape becomes drier and warmer. Dinner and overnight at the Acacia Camp.

Day 4    Engare Sero
Walk today 20 km from Acacia Camp to Engare Sero, on the southern shore of Lake Natron. The track goes mainly downhill.  During this trek you will have great views of Lake Natron and the Rift Valley. Dinner and overnight will be at a private campsite in the village of Engare Sero or at Lake Natron Tented Camp.

Day 5    Lake Natron
This last day you visit the waterfalls of Gorge for a swim and Lake Natron itself  to see the thousands of flamingos breeding here. After lunch the driver will bring you back to Arusha.

Please note: this trek can be done in 4, 5, 6 or 7 days depending. If you don’t have that much time, we can offer a day trip to Empakai Crater or a 2-days visit to the Olmoti Crater with 1 overnight stay at Empakai Crater.

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