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.

AVAILABLE OPTIONS

Available itineraries: 3 Days to 7 Days
Recommended: No (Based on time availability)
Available Options: 3 Days ( I Option), 4 Days (1 Option),
                  5 Days (2 Options, 6 Days and 7 Days (1 Option)

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ITINERARY FOR 7 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. Late in the afternoon, we drive to Nainokanoka village for camping before dinner and overnight. 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.


Day 2: Nainokanoka village – Kamnana Village.
Walk through the Embulimbuli Depression a shallow, grassy basin formed where the slopes of Olmoti, Empakaai, Lolmalasin and Losirua volcanoes join with the outer rim of Ngorongoro.
After breakfast we walk through the Embulimbuli Depression a shallow, grassy basin formed where the slopes of Olmoti, Empakaai, Lolmalasin and Losirua volcanoes join with the outer rim of Ngorongoro. The trails pass through forests and grasslands. Like the similar Malanja depression to the west, it probably collects and provides a sink for a good deal of water that appears lower down at the foot of the mountains. Following the cattle trails to Kamnana village where we will overnight and have dinner.


Day 3: Kamnana Village – Empakai Crater
The caldera is about 6 km wide and nearly half of its floor is covered by a lake. The water in the lake is alkaline and the depth of the lake is about 85m, unusually deep for soda lakes in East Africa. The steep walls of the caldera, clothed in forest.
Following the path through the open grassland, bushland area and forests gradually ascending the Empakaai crater rim, before descending into the crater floor.
At the rim, you have a fantastic view of the craters’ green paradise. The caldera is about 6 km wide and nearly half of its floor is covered by a lake. The water in the lake is alkaline and the depth of the lake is about 85m, unusually deep for soda lakes in East Africa. The steep walls of the caldera, clothed in forest, the rise in some places to almost 300m above the floor. The views along the trail downwards are spectacular at every point. All along you can enjoy the changing views of Empakaai itself.
In addition, from the northern and eastern side, you can look out to the dramatic cone of the still active volcano, Oldoinyo Lengai. If the day is clear, you can look beyond Lengai to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron. Sometimes you can even see the distant snows of Kilimanjaro far on the eastern side of the Valley.
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. Overnights at the camp on the crater rim. The nights at the Craters can be quiet cold (both craters are at 3500 m), especially in June, July and August


Day 4: 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 5: Naiyobi Maasai Village – Mounwongoni Village
Six hours walk the beginning the early morning after breakfast walking downhill following the dusty paths and off the crater highlands to Mounwongoni Maasai village. It is 11 km, six hours walk the beginning the early morning after breakfast walking downhill following the dusty paths and off the crater highlands to Mounwongoni Maasai village.
Overnight at the camp on the edge of the village.


Day 6: Mounwongoni Village – Ol Doinyo Lengai
It is one of the few volcanoes in the world to omit Sodium carbonate and potassium, whose runoff accounts for the extremely alkaline and corrosive swill of neighbouring Lake Natron. For photographers, the perfectly conical shape is delightful to see, es
Early morning we leave before the sun gets too hot, following the winding path across bare volcanic rocks and dusty lava soil, crossing Ngaresero river rounding the north-western floor of the active Mt. Lengai to the nearby village.
The camp is set near the river and a bath here is very refreshing. Early in the morning (between 3.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m.) you will be transferred to the foot of the Mountain of God, Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain, to start the trek. It is the only active volcano in East Africa with the most current eruption in 2007. It is one of the few volcanoes in the world to omit Sodium carbonate and potassium, whose runoff accounts for the extremely alkaline and corrosive swill of neighbouring Lake Natron. For photographers, the perfectly conical shape is delightful to see, especially if you can get Maasai cattle herders in the foreground. The weird perilous sight of magma flows bubbling at 510 degrees Celsius on top leave the tourists astonished.
After Lunch, we would go for a game drive around Lake Natron and its habitat.
Dinner and overnight at Campsite / Lodge


Day 7: Visit Lake Natron for the game drive
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, fringe
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. The group should tip the guide around $20 a day. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services.

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

Inclusive of:
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.

Exclusive of:
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Laundry.
Private hiking gears.
Travel insurance.
Tips for guides and/ driver.(high      recommended).
Other Items of a personal nature and      unspecified services.

ACCOMMODATION
Before/After climbing:
There are hotels/lodges in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.

Ngorongoro area:
There are designated camping sites and lodges.

 

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