Seven Day Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking Adventure

Seven Day Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking Adventure

Short Overview

For those with a high level of fitness, the steep paths and steamy conditions of the Ngorongoro Highlands provide an exciting way to see Tanzania's most beautiful conservation area far from the tourist crowds.

Not just a hiking program, your tour will also include game drives in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and at beautiful Lake Natron.

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Unlimited game drives with expert guides
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AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip

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Details

Details of Seven Day Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking Adventure

DAY ONE: ARUSHA - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

Your game drive experience will also include a picnic lunch by an active hippo pool.

You'll overnight in the nearby town of Karatu.

DAY TWO: KARATU - KAMNANA VILLAGE

You'll begin the hiking portion of your trip today, departing after breakfast for the nearby village of Nainokanoka.

Your hike today takes you through the Embulimnuli Depression, a shallow depression where the slopes of the Olmoti, Empakaai, Lolmalasin, and Losirua volcanoes join with the outer rim of the Ngorongoro caldera.

The trail leads through both forests and open grasslands, following Maasai cattle trails as you make your way to Kamnana Village to set up camp and overnight.

DAY THREE: EMPAKAI CRATER

One of the most popular hikes in Tanzania, the chance to hike Empakai Crater is one of the major selling points of any visit to the Ngorongoro Highlands. 

Departing from camp after breakfast, we'll make our way to the Empakai Crater rim for an astounding view of the green paradise that exists within this lost world. Empakai Crater offers unparalleled views of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still active volcano. There's also the opportunity to see Lake Natron, the Great Rift Valley, and even distant Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.

With photos taken, it's time to descend to the crater floor. With some parts of the crater rim rising 300m above the crater floor, you'll enjoy a steep descent with astonishing views of the heavily forested crater. During your descent, you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as buffaloes, bushbucks, blue monkeys, and a large variety of birds not limited to sunbirds and turacos. 

While wandering along the shores of Empakai Lake, you'll have the chance to see waterbucks, bushbucks, and eland. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the regualr tourist attractions, you'll be moved by the silence and serenity of this land that time forgot. Taking a picnic within the park offers you the chance to soak in its utter tranquility before you hike back to the car for your return journey to Karatu Town or the crater rim.

We'll then return to the crater rim to overnight.

DAY FOUR: EMPAKAI - NAIYOBI VILLAGE

After breakfast and packing up camp, you'll circle along the crater rim to reach its north-western side. From here, you'll descend to Naiyobi, a Maasai village.

Arriving in the late afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to meet with the friendly Maasai people who call the area home, as well as paying a visit to a local school and sampling traditional Maasai cuisine.

You'll then set up camp and overnight in an acacia grove not far from the village.

DAY FIVE: NAIYOBI VILLAGE - MOUNWONGONI VILLAGE

Beginning early in the morning, you'll make this 11 kilometre, 6-hour trek from Naiyobi to Mounwongoni Village.

A predominantly downhill hike, you'll move along dusty trails as we bid farewell to the verdant crater highlands.

DAY SIX: OL DOINYO LENGAI

One of the few volcanoes in the world to emit sodium carbonate and potassium, still-active Ol Doinyo Lengai is a strikingly beautiful volcano that photographers and hikers alike love.

Due to the intense heat the volcano emits, it can only be climbed at night when the air is cooler, so we will depart at around 3 or 4 am to begin our ascent. As the only active volcano in East Africa, climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai is an invigorating experience that rewards successful climbers with an astounding view of the surrounding lands and distant Lake Natron.

Returning to camp at around lunch time, you will dine before heading out on a game drive around the Lake Natron area.

DAY SEVEN: LAKE NATRON

You'll enjoy a leisurely morning game drive around Lake Natron and it surrounds. Known both for its unique volcanic landscape and the large flocks of brightly coloured flamingos that call it home, Lake Natron's isolation also means that you have a good chance of having the area to yourself.

You can expect to see wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest, oryx, ostriches, kudu, gerenuk, and jackals in addition to the lake's resident flamingos, but it is the area's distinct mix of ravines, craters, and lakes that makes it such a unique location.

You'll then return to Arusha.

Included

  • All meals on the safari. When staying at lodges it will be on full board basis and when budget camping then our accompanying chef will prepare delicious warm meals.
  • All Park entrance fees & taxes.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents mattresses sleeping bags pillows table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
  • Game safari to national parks as specified
  • Hotel/lodge/camp accommodation for the duration of the safari.
  • Private 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360 degree view of the wildlife surrounding you
  • First aid kit - Every safari vehicle comes standard with a fully stocked first aid kit. Our guides are all trained in providing basic first aid.
  • Spare tires - for any unforeseen issues that may arise on bumpy African outback
  • Charging station - Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera battery, or laptop while on the road.
  • WIFI - Our Tanzanian vehicles come standard with WiFi so that you can stay connected while on the road.
  • Tea & Coffee - Every safari departs with a box including coffee and tea that can be enjoyed at any point during your safari.
  • Binoculars - 1 pair per car
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari.
  • Wildlife tours according to your itinerary preferences.
  • All game viewing activities specified Safari
  • Excluded

  • Any sightseeing excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
  • Addons

    Extensions

    Itinerary in Brief


    • DAY 1: ARUSHA - NGORONGORO Game drive. (L,D)

    • DAY 2: KAMNANA VILLAGE HIKE Day long hike. (B,L,D)

    • DAY 3: EMPAKAI CRATER HIKE Day long hike. (B,L,D)

    • DAY 4: NAIYOBI VILLAGE Half day hike. Afternoon Maasai visit. (B,L,D)

    • DAY 5: MOUNWONGONI VILLAGE Day long hike. (B,L,D)

    • DAY 6: OL DOINYO LENGAI - LAKE NATRON Volcano hike. Game drive. (B,L,D)

    • DAY 7: LAKE NATRON- ARUSHA Game drive. (B,L)

    B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

    Attractions


    • Hike the scenic Ngorongoro Highlands including Empakai Crater.

    • Spot the Big Five on a game drive in the world famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    • Look for flamingos on the shores of Lake Natron.

    • Hike to the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai, East Africa's only active volcano.

    • Visit multiple local villages, including a Maasai community.

    Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

    Tailor Made, Private Tours

    Tailor Made, Private Tours

    We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
    Expert Advice

    Expert Advice 24/7

    With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
    World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

    World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

    Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
    Specialized Safari Vehicles

    Specialized Safari Vehicles

    Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
    Full Financial Protection

    Full Financial Protection

    With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
    Your One Stop African Operator

    Your One Stop African Operator

    We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.

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