Trekking in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the crater highlands
Trekking in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a unique experience and this active walking safari offers a welcome break from being in a car for days. During the Ngorongoro trekking you can observe wildlife, looking for clues and mix with the indigenous cultures. We designed a special camp walking safari : on this trip , we will walk to the next camp each day. You only need to carry your small backpack with water and personal items for the day.
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Evening arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to the hotel in Arusha. Welcome to Africa!
Day 2: Arusha National Park
We will rest today, a day trip to Arusha National Park for a safari after breakfast. With stunning mountain views. Meru backdrop of breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valley of East Africa. This is your first safari experience with lush vegetation, mammals and countless birds ecosystems. The forests around the large Ngurdoto crater and slopes of Mt. Meru are the home of the black and white Colobus monkeys. Arusha National Park is also famous for having the highest density of giraffes in Africa. In the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner and a good night for our walking safari the next day.
Day 3: Transfer to Ngorongoro and Nainokanoka
Early morning and start driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We stop at Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate Park to register and pick up an armed guard. Records after we start driving through the Ngorongoro Highlands Nainokanoka . We stop for lunch and after lunch we will go to the truck donkeys. We will use donkeys to carry all. We walk around the crater near Olmoti a critical turning underground reservoir, slowly releasing water throughout the year for livestock and wildlife of the Ngorongoro crater. We walked to our camp in the desert on the north flank of the volcano, which offers stunning views over the Serengeti plains and the distant mountains of eastern Gol. Our camp for the night will Olmoti Crater Rim.
Day 4: Depression Embulbul
Today, we walk around the side of the mountain Olmoti among Maasai cattle herds, sheep and goats. The aim of the day is a visit to one of these houses, the highlands where we see daily life closely. In the afternoon we will do the vast expanse of “depression Embulbul” paradise our way through to the wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater. Our walk continues in the second deserted field located at the edge of the razor blade on the hidden gem of the mountainous region, Empakaai crater. This caldera is missing one of the best kept secrets in the area, with spectacular views of the Rift Valley from the edge. Its densely forested slopes and sparkling lake covers half of its territory is full of flamingos and predators lurking.
Day 5: Crater Empakaai
A full exploration of Crater Empakaai busy all day. In the morning, we will walk through the steep, wooded slopes of the boiler, hopefully catch a glimpse of the forest animals rarely seen as antelope, antelopes and even leopards. Near the shore of the lake are many species of waterfowl, and an abundance of flamingos. Four million flamingos roam the lakes of the Rift Valley in large herds throughout the year in search of better feeding and bathing. The day will end with a climb to the same area on the edge of the crater.
Day 6: Nayobi / Pembe Ya Swala
We descend the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Great Rift Valley. We’re going down through the lush pastures dotted meadows Maasai. The landscape alternates between mountain and Ketembeni Gelai – two extinct volcanoes – and Lake Natron which extends off. The active volcano Ol Donyo Lengai, “Mountain of the Gods”, dominates the view . Our overnight camp will Nayobi with dinner around the fire in the traditional African style.
Day 7: Engare Sero / Oldoinyo Lengai
Keep walking in the Rift Valley – for now Ol’donyo Lengai rises above us. Across the old lava flows and walk to the camp established by a stream at the foot of the cliff. Some options in this day of hiking. We go for a hike to the falls above the camp for a relaxing swim or to see baboons jump back on the cliffs or Ol’donyo can climb Lengai. It is a steep climb of 5000 meters and is released at 2:00 to reach the edge of the blade, the reward of seeing the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley are incredible. Our camp for the night on the river under the vast African sky, just watch flamingos on the way back to nesting sites in the center of Lake Natron.
Day 8 : Lake Natron
We walk through the Great Ridge Rift Valley and are heading towards Lake Natron a breeding ground for flamingos all in East Africa. Flamingos breed in the small island in the middle of Lake Natron, which has a high concentration of sodium that all animals can not cross the lake to prey on the eggs or chicks Flamingos. Lake Natron we ‘ll make our way to the border of the Serengeti, where we will meet our vehicle. From there you can go on a safari or go back to Arusha.