8 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trek

This is a unique and active safari experience; a trekking safari provides a welcome break to sitting in a vehicle for days on end. While walking you have the opportunity to stalk wildlife, search for tracks, and mix with indigenous cultures. On our trekking safaris you will generally move camp everyday which requires a simpler, lighter weight camp. We have designed a special walking safari camp: On this walking trip we will use Maasai donkeys to transport the camp. You will only need to carry your small daypack with water and personal gear for the day.

Nairobi-Arusha-Ngorongoro Simba Camp (FB)

Day 1. Transfer from Nairobi to Arusha and on to Ngorongoro crater for an overnight.

Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Nainokanoka Village/Rangers Post (FB)

Day 2. Journey to the Ngorongoro Crater all day in the Crater. You can stay on the Crater rim for the night, or make your way to Nainokanoka village where the hike begins.

Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Empakaii Crater (FB)

Day 3. You meet your Maasai guide and donkey porters at Nainokanoka Village on the slopes of Olmoti Crater. The hike proceeds to Empakaii Crater (4-6 hrs). At Empakaii, you will have time to explore the rim of the Crater. Camping will be on the Crater rim to minimize the environmental impacts on the Crater floor ecosystem.

Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Empakaii Crater (FB)

Day 4. This day is spent exploring the Empakaii Crater floor. The lake is a primary breeding ground for flamingos, the forest is full of birds, buffalo and hyena inhabit the plains, and there is a good chance of spotting a leopard in the early evening. Camping will again be on the crater rim.

Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Naiyobi Village Yellow Acacia Forest Camp (FB)

Day 5 . You cross the Crater Highlands and arrive at Naiyobi Village. Here you will have an opportunity to visit a Maasai school, a clinic, talk with local elders, and immerse yourself in Maasai Village life. If we are lucky we will find a cultural activity, i.e., a marriage, or circumcision ceremony in progress and will be free to participate. Camping will be in a Yellow Acacia forest on the edge of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Ol Doinyo Lengai Base Camp- Ol Doinyo Lengai (FB)

Day 6. You descend down the Rift Valley escarpment to Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano and the home of the Maasai God. We will camp at the base of Lengai and start our 5 hour ascent of the volcano that night at 02:00 a.m. in order to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the highlands.

Lake Natron - Ngare Sero River Kamakia Camp (FB)

Day7. After our descent, we will go to a permanent campsite on the Ngare Sero River where there is a sacred waterfall famous for its healing properties. After a traditional Maasai meal, we will relax at the camp and visit the waterfalls.

Lake Natron - Ngare Sero River Arusha

Day 8.A morning walk around the shores of Lake Natron, and after lunch return to Arusha.

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