Apart from irreplaceable landscapes and seeing wildlife, this hike allows insight into the daily routine of the Maasai people . It will not end there, it will take you to the edge of the great rift valley where you can descend to the base of the escarpment wall right on the foot of the active volcanoes in the world, Mountain Ol Doinyo Lengai. This walking safari is a unique chance for those who love walking and hiking adventures, it is very good if your hike will end on the shores of the Lake Natron which is an alkaline lake which serves as the breeding ground for the Lesser Flamingo.
ITINERARY FOR 6 DAYS HIKING
Day 1: Ngorongoro Crater - Nainokanoka Village
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and you will travel on a good tar road to Ngorongoro Conservation area for an afternoon game drive.
It will be the perfect timing for our exquisite lunch. Thereafter proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a half a day afternoon drive. The crater hosts Africa’s most abundant wildlife, amazing panoramic views as we descend the crater and the Big Four.
Overnight at the Simba campsite on the crater rim.
Day 2: Nainokanoka Village - Empakaai Crater
After breakfast depart the campsite, drive up to Nainokanoka Masai Village on the slopes of Olmoti mountain where we pick-up the local guide/and ranger and start the ascent of Olmoti crater. Olmoti crater is a sunken caldera that can only be reached on foot and is about a 3-4 hours walk to the rim. A walk around the Olmoti crater rim having a magnificent view of the Olmoti Craters’s floor a shallow and covered with tussocks of grass. Besides the Maasai and their livestock, you can sometimes see eland, buffalo and reedbuck.
We can also visit the Munge waterfalls formed from the Munge River originated from the waters of the Crater walls, crossing the caldera and plummets down over cliffs, falling some hundreds of meters into the steep-sided ravine below.
We set camp back at Nainokanoka village close to the Masai boma.
Day 3: Empakaai Crater
Depart Nainokanoka village after breakfast and follow Masai cattle trails northeast across the grasslands of the Embulbul depression, towards Empakaai crater, reaching the lightly wooded crater rim o¬n its southern edge, which normally takes 7 – 8 hours. Almost half the floor of the 6km wide, 300m high Empakaai crater is taken up by a deep soda lake. Blue monkey, buffalo, and bushbuck are likely to be seen on the rim, which boasts good views of Lengai Volcano, Kilimanjaro and Lake Natron. The crater floor is On your way downwards to the lake, you might see buffaloes or bushbucks, blue monkeys, many birds (like sunbirds and turacos). At the shore of the lake are often waterbucks and elands. It is a joy to walk around the lake shore, experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. home to a variety of antelope and water birds.
We set camp on the crater rim for the night.
Day 4: Empakaai Crater rim hiking
There is a path that circles the whole of the crater rim and we can follow this to reach a low point on the western rim. The views from here down into the crater are spectacular. The steep inner walls are densely forested and drop to the flat crater floor, which is partly submerged under a lake, often surrounded by huge flocks of Flamingos. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife here as the Masai are generally not allowed to cattle grazing. It is possible to descend into the crater itself and camp by the lake, although this means carrying the camping gear, as it is too steep for the donkeys. You will require extending your trip by one day if you wish to do this. Instead, you may opt to camp on the rim for two nights and descend to the crater floor for the whole day.
Day 5: Empakai Crater – Naiyobi Maasai Village
The evening is spent relaxing or visiting the village school and also interacting with the friendly local Maasai people. After breakfast we depart for Naiyobi Maasai village circling the crater rim, descending on the Northwestern side. The trails lead to Naiyobi Maasai Village which we can arrive late noon. The evening is spent relaxing or visiting the village school and also interacting with the friendly local Maasai people.
Overnight camp at the Acacia trees forest near the village.
Day 6: Visit Lake Natron for the game drive
After breakfast Drive with picnic lunches to Lake Natron. Expect to see vast shallow soda lake and a white carpet of soda and salt crystals cracked into a polygonal patchwork. Evidently seen are the built flamingo nests resembling miniature volcanoes. It is a bizarrely beautiful breeding ground and home to thousands of Flamingos feeding on the blue algae. Much to see is wildlife like Zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, ostrich, fringed eared Oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk and golden jackal. You may also be amazed to see volcanic implosion crater, ravines containing nesting sites for Ruppels griffon vultures and several waterfalls. Swimming is also possible and a visit to Maasai bomas a walk up the escarpment the best way to end a perfect day. Around lunchtime, you will reach the waiting vehicle and your driver will take you back to Moshi. You will be taken to your hotel.
Notes: All walks must be accompanied by an armed ranger from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. Although the risk of coming into contact with a dangerous, large animal is not very great, it is a law that you are accompanied by a ranger, just in case! In order to ensure the availability of a ranger, it is preferable to book walks in advance
JRO Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Meals according to the itinerary
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Camps, Permits and other fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair guide Salaries.
Clean and purified mineral water.
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Private hiking gears.
Tips for guides and/ driver.(high recommended).
Other Items of a personal nature and unspecified services.
There are hotels/lodges in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.
There are designated camping sites and lodges.
All our hiking services start and end in Arusha / Moshi. The Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 40 miles from Arusha and receives daily KLM flights from Europe via Amsterdam and Nairobi in Kenya.
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