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Ngorongoro and Crater Highland Treks

Note: we can only offer these treks on special request if security conditions allow.

We offer several energetic treks which takes us through some of Africa's most magnificent game country from the cool and partly forested Ngorongoro Crater to the dry heat of Lake Natron in the Rift Valley. The treks include a visit to Lake Manyara Park and/or Tarangire Park and/or Serengeti Park (see individual itineraries). All involve visiting the Ngorongoro Crater where we drive across the Crater, with time for game viewing, to reach Nainokanoka, a tiny Maasai village lying just below Olmoti Crater in the heart of the Crater Highlands. From here we walk across the Embulbul depression to Bulati on the edge of the Empaakai Crater. This is where the main trek to Lake Natron starts. This takes 2 to 3 days, on the last day we drop down to the hot Rift Valley floor and drive to the Ngare Sero river where there is a very pleasant campsite.

    Several alternatives are then available:
  • To relax at the shady Ngare Sero Campsite and visit Lake Natron.
  • To ascend Ol Donyo Lengai, 2878m (9650ft) an active volcano. This is quite a demanding but unique and outstanding trek.
  • To walk up the Ngare Sero river gorge where the waterfalls and pools are a complete contrast to the hot plains by Lake Natron.

On the return journey we drive via Engaruka ruins. There will be some time available to visit this 15th - 16th century site composed of seven villages with a complex stone-block irrigation canal and intricate agricultural system.

Equipment
You only need to carry a light day pack with you. Other than normal safari and camping equipment you should have a tough pair of walking boots, a sun hat offering neck protection, sun glasses, sun cream, water bottle, tough trousers or shorts and shirt made of a light material (if wearing shorts take long socks or light (preferably) canvas gaiters). A walking pole or two would be useful for the ascent of Lengai.
 

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Standard Itineraries
5 day trek Book Now
1:Visit Manyara, camp at Kudu campsite.
2-4: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, visit Olmoti waterfall then walk from Empaakai to camp by the Ngare Sero River and Lake Natron.
5:Return via Engaruka village ruins to Springlands Hotel in Moshi.
7 day trek Book Now
1:Visit Tarangire Park, camp at Twiga or Jambo campsite.
2-5: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater then walk from Empaakai to Kimakia camp by the Ngare Sero River and Lake Natron. Along the route visit Olmoti Crater and ascend Lengai at night with a morning exploring the summit.
6:Drive via Engaruka village ruins to Lake Manyara. Camp at Twiga or Jambo campsite.
7:Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park (this can be arranged for the previous evening). Return to Springlands Hotel in Moshi.
8 day trek Book Now
1:Visit Tarangire Park, camp at Twiga or Jambo campsite.
2-6: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater then walk from Empaakai to Kimakia camp by the Ngare Sero River and Lake Natron. Along the route visit Olmoti Crater and ascend Lengai at night with a morning exploring the summit.
7:Drive via Engaruka village ruins to Lake Manyara. Camp at Twiga or Jambo campsite.
8:Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park (this can be arranged for the previous evening). Return to Springlands Hotel in Moshi.
9 day trekBook Now
1:Visit Tarangire Park, camp at Twiga or Jambo campsite.
2:Drive via Ngorongoro Crater to Olmoti, walk to Olmoti Waterfall and camp at Nainokanoka.
3-5:  Walk via Empaakai Crater to Moivaro camp near the Ngare Sero River and Lake Natron.
6:Drive to foot of, and ascend Lengai at night with a morning exploring the summit. Night back at camp. Those not wishing to make the ascent can see flamingoes at Natron and explore the Ngare Sero Gorge.
7:Drive to Lobo Campsite in the Serengeti.
8:Game drive through Serengeti to Simba or Karatu campsites.
9:Drive back to Moshi stopping off for game drive in Manyara.

Price Includes::
Camping equipment, foam mattresses, table, chairs and tents, park fees, cook, guide, 4 wheel drive transportation (with open roof for game viewing), Maasai guide and donkeys.

embakai
approaching Empakai
embakai
Empakai Crater
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view to Lengai
lengai
Lengai from acacia
empakai
descent to from acacia camp
empakai
end of walk

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