The highlands of Ngorongoro Crater offers an ultimate nature walks to its craters of Olmoti & Empakai, Craters and other land-forms around the area coursed by underground forces that associated with the formation of The Great East African Rift Valley. The best of Ngorongoro highlands walking safari tours offers a panorama views of all the areas around the world nature wonders “The Ngorongoro Crater”.
Overview of The Highlands of Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Crater has the rich wildlife and a large natural diversity. The area is not a park but rather a conversation area with a multiple land use since the local Masai tribes live here in traditional houses, villages and bomas with their cattle. Further the archaeological sites on this area show that this place has been settled since the per-historical times.
Ngorongoro highlands are the place for adventurous trekkers looking for a lifetime experience in the heart of Masai land. You will be walking past the Masai villages and houses, learning more about the Masai traditions, culture and how they live. The scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands is full of different wildlife habitats, woodlands, grassland full with bushes and water springs
The breading site for flamingos Lake Natron with hundreds of thousands of flamingos is guaranteed to astonish even the experienced safari fanatic. Grazing animals like Buffaloes, Thompson Gazelle and Impalas in Empakai crater, the many different bird species and the ever present views of the mountains, valleys, crater and river gorges will blow your mind; bring your largest memory card for your camera.
There is no intense altitude change when trekking through the Crater highlands unlike climbing Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru, it is just lot of uphill and downhill walking so it should be pleasant. You will walk all the way to the Massai people’s holy mountain Ol Donyo Lengai, “The Mountain of God”. Worry not about your luggage since you will carry only a light day pack, the rest of your luggage will carried by porters and donkeys.
The safari will end up by night climbing of the active volcano Ol Donyo Lengai, a holy mountain for the Masai people, for an eccentric sunrise view of distant Kilimanjaro from the top. On the safari you will mostly be walking but some of the distances you will be driving. This is because the distance is too long to cover in just five days.
Your car will stay with you the whole time for security reasons. If you or someone else in your group felt sick it is crucial that we are able to drive you to a hospital as quickly as possible. Please tell us if you wish to include other activities at the highlands of Ngorongoro Crater during the tour. We can tailor made the above package to meet your wishes and ideas. Zanzibar Beach holidays & other Parks like Serengeti & Tarangire can be added on request.
The highlands of Ngorongoro Crater & Natural Walk
The Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater is a region along the East African Rift in Tanzania, located in a spreading zone at the intersection of branches of the African and Somali tectonic plates, resulting in distinctive and prominent land-forms.
The highlands of Ngorongoro Crater is named for the many craters and calderas existing. As common in spreading zones, volcanoes can be found here. Magma, rising to fill the gaps, reaches the surface and forms cones. Calderas form if a volcano explodes or collapses, following the emptying of the magma chamber below and further spreading can break the volcanoes as well. We arrange a breathtaking Ngorongoro highlands guided walking tours, our special program includes cultural tour at Lake Eyasi & Lake Natron (See our below sample package)
6 Days Itinerary & Prices Ngorongoro Highlands Walk & Cultural Tour
Day 0. Arrival day
On arrival at kilimanjaro international airport meet our representative & drive to Mvuli Hotel in Arusha. Later meet our safari manager for detailed briefing before leaving you to enjoy the rest of the day at your hotel.
Overnight at Mvuli hotel in Arusha. Breakfast included.
Day 1. Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha depart for Lake Manyara. You will pass at the last minutes supermarket last minute shopping if needed then drive to Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara National Park offers an overlapping habitats ranging from acacia woodlands, underground water forests, algae-streaked hot springs and the lake itself. This evergreen park supports largest number animal species & birds. The highlight of the park is a large number of baboons, flock of flamingos and the known tree climbing lion spending their afternoon on acacia trees after a good lunch. Afterward drive to Lake Eyasi, overnight at Bushman Campsite at Lake Eyasi
Day 2. Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro Crater
After early breakfast, we take you to the village for local hunting with bushman Hadzabe and Datonga tribes. This will not be a mere performance. This people are rely using these techniques to survive and you’ll need to be very attentive and quiet, when demonstrating the use of their locally made poisons in incapacitating the poor creatures on which they depend for their survival. You will tour around their village, the tour will include a visit to their homesteads, learn about their way of life, how they track animals, they will show you some medicinal plants and their use and much more.
You will walk along the lake & view some animal and bird species especial the water lovers. Later drive to Ngorongoro highlands & descent over 600 meter into the foot of crater for game viewing. Supported by yearly around water from the highland & fodder, the crater supports a larger number of animals including African elephants, Topi, Wildebeest, Zebra, hippos, buffalo gazelle & others, the crate is also home to some predators like lion, hyena, cheetah, jackal & the ever mysterious leopard. You will drive to lake Magadi a lager shallow alkaline lake supports some bird species including flamingos, Ibises, Egyptian geese and many more.. Drive to Simba Campsite for diner and overnight Simba Campsite at the Ngorongoro Crater Rim.
Day 3. Ngorongoro Highlands Walk
After breakfast depart for Nainokanoka village, walk up to Olmoti crater view the beautiful Munge river waterfalls & the crater. The crater is the source of this river, pouring its water into the main Ngorongoro crate. Then walk to the camp 45 to 60 minutes. Overnight at Special Campsite in Empakai. All meals included.
Day 4. Empakai Crater – Nayobi Village
It worth to wake up early to enjoy the attracting panoramic sunrise above the lake in Empakai Crater & walk down to Empakai crater then back for breakfast and loading the donkeys before starting 7 km trek on the rim of the crater, heading to Nayobi Village. You will break for packed lunch before embark with your trek all the way to the Special Campsite under the acacia trees. Overnight at Special Campsite under Acacia. All meals included.
Day 5. Nayobi Village – Lake Natron (3-4 hours walking)
After breakfast you will have 3 to 4 hours of walking down to the foot of the Great East African Rift Valley with beautiful landscape. Here you will view Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain and the endless plains of Serengeti. Down the hills the Land cruiser will pick you up and drive to Lake Natron campsite where you can relax & refresh yourself. Overnight at Lake Natron Campsite Campsite. All meals included.
Option. Night summit at Oldoinyo lengai starting at 22:00 hrs before midnight & back in the morning. (Cost $100 Per Person)
Day 6. Lake Natron -Arusha
After Leisurely breakfast, Walk along the vast shallow soda lake to see flamingos and white carpet of soda and salt crystals cracked in to a polygonal patchwork, afterward if you wish hike to a waterfall in a deep gorge, After depart for Arusha for Overnight or drop off at the Airport. (Accommodation on this day can be arranged upon request at extra cost).
Prices of The Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater including VAT
$ 2,193 per person when 2 person travel together
The Item Includes:-
1 Night accommodation at Mvuli hotel in Arusha on BB
A Modified 4DW Safari Land Cruiser with pop up roof
Service of a professional English speaking safari driver guide & a chef
Meals as per program ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) with Mineral water
Walking with Masai guides & Donkeys
Overnight stays in tents
Night summit Oldoinyo Lengai (Option)
All camping gears will be provided (except Sleeping Bags).
All entry fees at as per program
Items not included:
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Visa fees & Tips
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
Join us again for another spectacular walk on the highlands of Ngorongoro Crater. Karibu Sana!