- Visit one of the the largest volcanic calderas on Earth: Ngorongoro Crater
- Hike to Oldonyo Lengai Mountain and enjoy the scenic views
- Interact with the local Maasai tribe
This walking safari trip to Ngorongoro will leave you speechless. It takes you to one of the largest volcanic calderas on Earth, which is also home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in the world.
The walking safari in Oldonyo Lengai will expose you to a beautiful crater that exists in the Ngorongoro Highlands and it's only a half-day drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater but seldom visited. This caldera is six kilometers wide with nearly half of its floor occupied by lake, and its slopes covered by a thick forest.
The scenery is spectacular from every point along the rim; from the northern and eastern side you can look out to the dramatic volcano of Oldonyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron; from the south and west you can see across the Bulbul Depression. Sometimes you can even see the distant snows of Mount Kilimanjaro far to the northeast. We will be camping on the rim as the view of Lengai and the Rift Valley makes for great photos. Camping and hiking into the crater are done with an armed ranger.
We will pass through numerous Maasai villages and small herds of gazelle, wildebeest and dark-toned zebra in a setting, we’ve been told, that resembles the Scottish Highlands.
On the way to Empakaai is another seldom visited crater called Olmot. There is a very pleasant hike from the Nainokanoka ranger post through the forest up to the top of the waterfall, which passes through this crater.
Please refer to the itinerary section for day-by-day activities.
Day 1: Ngorongoro Crater
Today we visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. At more than 2,000 feet deep and 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. 30,000 animals make their home in this crater, making it an ideal place for sightings of the Big Five ( Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard).
We enjoy our picnic lunch in this truly world-class attraction, also known as the ’8th Wonder of the World’.
Dinner and overnight Rhino Lodge.
Day 2: Olmoti and Empakai Crater
After breakfast depart to Olmoti Crater for a half day walk. Often we meet Maasai on the way to the water falls at the crater. At afternoon we proceed to our base camp at Empakaai Crater (Special Campsite).
Experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. You will find water springs surrounding the lake where you frequently see lots of wildlife. You also can spot large flocks of flamingoes.
Dinner and overnight at Empakaai Special Campsite.
Day 3: Empakaai to Lake Natron
Today we start walking from Empakaai to Lake Natron. We descend the outer hills of the Great Rift Valley. Then we walk through the open plains of the Embulbul depression, passing through Naiobi village. We have also the great opportunity to meet the local Maasai.
Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Meru are seen along the way. Donkeys will carry our luggage.
Dinner and overnight at Acacia Campsite.
Day 4: Walking to Odonyo Lengai
Today we walk to Oldonyo Lengai, which means the holy mountain of the Maasai. It is an active volcano mountain.The trail will lead us down into the Rift Valley escarpment, and most of the parts are quite steep. After 5-6 hours of walking we reach the foot of the inspiring mountain.
Dinner and overnight at Engaresero Campsite.
Day 5: Lake Natron to Lake Manyara
Today you’ll experience the culture and traditions of the local Maasai at Lake Natron. Your local guide will show you the Maasai Boma and explain the way Maasai live; after a short trip to Maasai Boma we will drive back to Lake Manyara.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Hote.
Day 6: Maasai Boma Tour
Visit Maasai Boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary Maasai tribe up-close. Along with a guided tour of the village and an introduction to the local Maasai population, tribesmen will offer to paint traditional Maasai tattoos for visitors and even let them milk their prized cows.
Dinner and overnight at The African Tulip Hotel.
Day 7: Departure day
Today we will rest at the hotel we have option of going for a tour of the town. We drop you off at the airport for evening flight.