by Fredrick Mwange
July 5, 2019

Tired of sitting in a safari vehicle? Take a hike, stretch your legs, enjoy the smells and sounds of your surrounds and the most incredible scenery.

One of the most incredible adventures offered by the Shadows of Africa team is walking from the Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro Highlands down to the soda lake of Natron, passing the classic volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai.

Ngorongoro Highlands Ngorongoro Highlands

 

Before you start to walk you have to visit the Ngorongoro crater and take in a chance to see the Big 5. The next day you move onto the neighboring crater of Empakai with its forested slopes, flamingo encrusted lake floor and your first chance to get those legs working.

Refreshed by the beauty of this lovely cultural area you’re now ready to walk a little further. With donkeys to carry your kit, expertly guided by local Maasai, you are freed up to shake your shoulders and skip down the highlands, and out of the chill, to the drylands below.

Flamingoes on Lake Natron Flamingoes on Lake Natron

 

Spending a night camping en route you walk on with the most astounding of views ahead. It is hard to concentrate on the walking with such a distraction.

Ol Donyo Lengai volcano Ol Donyo Lengai volcano

 

With choices of climbing Lengai at night to reach the active top and its molten lava by dawn, cooling off in the nearby waterfalls, or taking a drive to get close to the flamingoes at the lake’s edge, there’s plenty to entertain you at your destination.

Waterfalls alongside Lake Natron Waterfalls alongside Lake Natron

 

Lakeside Natron Lakeside Natron

 

Chill out another day, staying at one of Natron’s many options of accommodation, before heading back into Arusha.

Come take a walk with us and book your safari now!

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