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5 Days - Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking Tour

 

Tanzania walking safaris are undoubtedly very rewarding experiences in Africa. It is explained as the best way to discover Africa on foot. This is because of its vast un-spoilt wilderness areas thrilled with large concentrations of wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery. Imagine enjoying a walking safari led by a professional guide while staying in camps situated in ideal locations, forming the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas on nature walks. Superb guides include local Maasai, introducing you to some of the real treasures of the African jungle like Empakai Crater.


Day 1: Arusha – Olmoti Crater – Nainokanoka
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and you will travel on a good tarmac road to the village of Mto wa Mbu with the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley towering up ahead. From a viewpoint above the town you will see the Masai plains stretch to the horizon with the alkaline Lake Manyara down below. A short drive further and you will reach the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The journey continues along the scenic crater road, to the Maasai village of Nainokanoka. While the camp is being set up, you will hike to the rim of the Olmoti Crater during the afternoon. There is also a possibility to visit a small waterfall along the way. Dinner will be served at the camp. Depending on the time of year, it might be cold (the camp is at an altitude of 2,650 m) and we advice to bring warm clothes to wear during the night and early morning.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2: Nainokanoka – Bulati
In the early morning a Maasai guide will arrive with his donkeys. After breakfast and loading the donkeys, the journey begins and you will pass many traditional Maasai bomas and cattle herds. Soon, you might also see wild animals such as Thompson and Grant’s gazelles, zebras and wildebeests with hungry jackals not far behind and majestic eagles observing the situation. After approximately 16 km of hiking you will reach a campsite not far from the Maasai village Bulati.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Bulati – Empakai
After breakfast, the journey goes up a hill from where you have a last panoramic view of the grass plains below. The trek continues up and down through the bushy landscape which finally opens up to the active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai. The trek gives you great views of the majestic volcano as well as into the impressive Empakai Crater before reaching the campsite for the night. You can explore the crater and on a well-maintained path you descend to Lake Empakai inside the crater. This alkaline soda lake is an important food source for flamingos, which can be seen throughout the year. Returning to camp supper will be waiting for you. During the night you might hear the flamingos call as they fly back to their breeding nests at Lake Manyara and Lake Natron.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Empakai Crater – Acacia Camp
Today you will hike to the Maasai village Naiyobi and following a good path, the village as well as Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano, can be seen from a distance. After lunch in Naiyobi, the trek leaves the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the landscape becomes drier and warmer. Tonight’s camp will be set up at amongst an acacia forest.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Acacia Camp – Engare Sero – Arusha
The last stage of the journey is not too long and it goes mainly downhill. The highlights of the trek are the great views of Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Natron and the Rift Valley. The rugged countryside looks almost surreal covered by grey ash of the last eruption in 2007. The trek descends down into the dry and hot Rift Valley, where the ash can be seen up close. Around lunchtime you will reach the waiting vehicle and your driver will take you back to Arusha.
Breakfast

Items included:

    Ngorongoro Highlands trekking according to the itinerary
    Professional English-speaking guide and cook
    Maasai guide and donkeys
    Meals according to the itinerary
    Drinking water
    Overnight stays in tents
    Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
    All national park fees
    All mentioned transfers

Items excluded:

    Sleeping bag
    Flights
    Optional activities
    Alcoholic and soft drinks
    Visa fees
    Tips
    Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
    Travel insurance