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”. This is for Nature lovers & you will never forget the experience.
Our special 6 Days package will include Lake Manyara National Park, Bushmen visit at Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater visit, a guided walking tour at Ngorongoro Highlands, a guided Masai walk with Donkeys all the way to Lake Natron. (To see all please click itinerary)
Overview – The Highlands of Ngorongoro Walk
Ngorongoro Crater has rich wildlife and a large natural diversity. The area is not a National Park but rather a conversation area with a multiple land use since local Masai tribe live here in traditional houses (Bomas) with their cattle. Furthermore 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 Masai villages learning more about the Masai traditions, culture and how they live. The scenery of the Ngorongoro highlands is full of different wildlife habitats ranging from woodlands, grassland filled with bushes and water springs etc.
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 buffalo, Thompson gazelle and impalas in Empakai crater, 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 Massai people’s holy Mountain Ol Doinyo 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 can end up by mid-night hiking on the active volcanic Mountain Ol Donyo Lengai, a holy Mountain for the Masai people, for an eccentric sunrise views of distant Kilimanjaro from the top. On this tour 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.
The package above can be tailored to meet your wishes, ideas & budget. Zanzibar Beach holidays & other Parks like Serengeti & Tarangire can be added upon request.
The highlands of Ngorongoro Crater & Natural Walk
The Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater is a region along the East African Great Rift Valley 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 forms if volcano explodes or collapses, following the emptying of the magma chamber below and further spreading can break the volcanoes as well. We offer breathtaking Ngorongoro highlands guided walking tours which include Lake Manyara National Park, cultural tours at Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Highlands walk & Lake Natron as per bellow itinerary.
Please contact our safari experts for a tailor made package based on your ideas & budget. Welcome!
6 Days Itinerary and Prices – The Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater Walk and 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 nice weather of Aruha City.
Overnight at Mvuli hotel in Arusha. Breakfast included.
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Eyasi
After breakfast at your lodge in Arusha depart for Lake Manyara. You will pass at the last minutes supermarket for any last minute purchase if needed then drive to Lake Manyara National Park the driving is along the Great Northern Highway & across Masai steppe & many villages. Varied habitats at this Park ranging from acacia woodlands, underground water forests, algae-streaked hot springs and the lake itself supports larger number animal species & birds which include herds of African elephant, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest hippos, warthog & others. The highlight of the park is a large number of baboons, flock of flamingos and the well known Lake Manyara tree climbing lion spending their afternoon on acacia trees after a good lunch.
In the afternoon drive to Lake Eyasi & visit the Datoga tribe & later the blacksmith, this tour will not be a merely performance but these people are really using these techniques in surving and you’ll need to be very attentive and quiet, when demonstrating the use of 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.
Late afternoon is a sunset walk along Lake shore where you can spot some animals and birds before driving to the Bushmen Campsite for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Bushmen Campsite close to Lake Eyasi. All meals included.
Day 2: Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro Crater
On this day as early as 05:30 you will go hunting with bushmen including tuition on survival skills. Bushmen is an ethnic group in Northern Tanzania which divided into three clans of Hadzabe, Tindiga & Datonga. All the clans live harmoniously with nature, Hadzabe are hunters while Datoga are blacksmith, their livelihood are depends on hunting with bows and arrows, gathering of eggs, wild fruits, root tubers pretty much the same as people who lived during the Stone Age.
After return back to the Campsite & have full breakfast before departing for Ngorongoro Crater & descent over 600 meter into the foot of crater floor for game viewing. Supported by yearly around water suply from the highland & fodders, Crater supports larger number of animal species which include African elephant, topi, wildebeest, zebra, hippos, buffalo, gazelle & others, the crate is also home to some predators like lion, hyena, cheetahs, jackals & the ever mysterious leopard. You will drive to lake Magadi a lager shallow alkaline lake occasionally visited by hippos, flamingos & other aquatic birds. Late afternoon drive to Simba Public Campsite for sunset watch, diner and overnight.
Overnight at Simba Public 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 Crater, then walk for about an hour along Nainokanoka Masai village & to your Campsite for sunset watch, dinner & overnight.
Overnight at special Nainokanoka Campsite at the altitude of (2650 m). 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 for dinner & overnight.
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 Public 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 – The Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater Walk with VAT
$ 2,193 per person when 2 person travel together
For solo traveler & more than 2 person please contact our sales personnel for quotes. Karibu sana!
The Item Includes:-
All airport transfers
1 Night accommodation at Mvuli hotel in Arusha on BB
Transportation in a modified 4 x 4 Safari Land Cruiser with photographic roof thatch (window seat for everyone)
Service of professional well experienced local 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 good tents
Night summit Oldoinyo Lengai (Option at extra cost $100 per person)
All camping gears will be provided (except Sleeping Bags).
All entry & camping fees as per itinerary
Tanzania government value added tax VAT
Items not included:
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Tips/gratitude for safari driver guide, chef & Masai guide during the walking (please tip separately)
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
All items of a person nature
Travel insurance etc.
Join us again for another spectacular walk on the highlands of Ngorongoro Crater. Karibu Sana!