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7 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trek

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7 Days Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Trekking & Mt. Oldonyo Lengai climbing
Itinerary Overview:
Day 1: Arusha to Ngorongoro Olmoti Crater Trek

Your day starts off with a 4-hour drive to Nainokanoka Village where you will be based tonight. During your transfer, if it’s not too foggy, you may get great views of the Ngorongoro Crater from the viewpoint on the edge of the crater rim. You then proceed along the Henry Fosb Rooke road through the dense forest towards Nainokanoka, where you will get to see wildlife such as buffalos and wildebeest. Today you will explore the Olmoti Crater and Munge waterfalls on a 3-hour hike. The Olmoti Crater is a shallow grassy crater where the Munge River originates.

Total Walking Distance: 3hrs

Accommodation: Camping at Nainokanoka Campsite

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Trek from Nainokanoka Village to Bulati Village

We depart Nainokanoka camp at 0800hrs and commence our trek to Bulati Village. We will pass a few Maasai Bomas on our way. We will have packed lunch half way to Bulati. We cross the Elbulbul depression, a vast grassland with no trees, but many zebras can be seen grazing, wildebeests, raptors due to the many mole rat mounds found in the area. We arrive in Bulati early in the afternoon for rest and refreshments. Late afternoon followed by Maasai Boma visit in the village of Bulati where we will be spending the night.

Total Walking:14km

Accommodation:Camping at Bulati Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Trek from Bulati Village to Empakaai Crater

Today you will change the environment from temperate grassland to montane forest zone on the crater rim. Plenty of spectacular panoramic views of the landscape can be viewed. We have packed lunch half way on the trek. In the afternoon you will descend into the crater where you can see lesser flamingos who reside on the crater soda lake. The Caldera is 300m deep and 6kms wide. The trek is roughly 45 minutes down and an hour walk back up. Today we will be camping right on the rim of the Empakaai Crater.

Total Walking:14km

Accommodation:Empakaai Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Trek from Empakaai Crater to Acacia Camp

After breakfast, we walk a short way around the Empakaai crater to stretch our legs and get some good panoramic photos of the caldera. The first half of the trek is to Nayobi village where you will stop for lunch. From Nayobi we head down to Acacia Campsite. You will head out on a late afternoon walk to view the surrounding area and to take photos of the majestic Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai, which is a Maasai name for “Mountain of God”. This mountain is unique amongst geologists because it is the only active volcano on Earth that erupts with a carbonatite, a type of igneous rock rich in carbonates such as calcite and dolomite.

Total Walking:11km

Accommodation:Acacia Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Trek from Acacia to the base of Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai

After breakfast, we walk a short way around the Empakaai crater to stretch our legs and get some good panoramic photos of the caldera. The first half of the trek is to Nayobi village where you will stop for lunch. From Nayobi we head down to Acacia Campsite. You will head out on a late afternoon walk to view the surrounding area and to take photos of the majestic Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai, which is a Maasai name for “Mountain of God”. This mountain is unique amongst geologists because it is the only active volcano on Earth that erupts with a carbonatite, a type of igneous rock rich in carbonates such as calcite and dolomite.

Total Walking:15km

Accommodation:At Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Ol Donyo Lengai Climb – Engarasero Village

The trek up to this active volcanic mountain is an exceptionally demanding climb with an altitude of 2878m.The trek starts at midnight or shortly after so you can walk during the cool hours and reach the summit by dawn. This is an active volcano and lava flows are common. It’s a truly unusual destination for those who really want to get off the beaten path. Reach at the summit during sunrise and spend some time there before descending down to the base where we are picked up by our vehicle and transferred to our camp in Lake Natron for shower and hot lunch. Late afternoon excursion to Lake Natron shores to view the Lesser Flamingos in their breeding habitat or for the fitter ones a hike up to the Engare Sero waterfalls.

Total Walking:8 – 10 hours

Accommodation:At Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Lake Natron to Arusha

After leisurely breakfast, collect your picnic lunches and transferred back to Arusha via the eastern side of the Ol Donyo Lengai Mountain while enjoying a scenic views and saying goodbye. Arrive to Arusha in early afternoon, drop off at the hotel of your choice or transfer to the airport for your flight to other destinations.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Items Included:
  • Ngorongoro Highlands trekking & climb according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Masai guide and donkeys
  • Overnight stays in safari tents and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
  • Government taxes
Items Excluded:
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Hotel in Arusha
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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