7 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking

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7 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking2017-12-27T07:45:12+00:00

7 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking

Great Walking Safari Ngorongoro Highlands 7 Days is a tour will takes you to visit and explore Ngorongoro highlands with a Crater game drives. On great walking, you will have 3 nights in the highlands of Ngorongoro conservation area at the special camp sites and the other three nights outside conservation boundary at the base of Oldonyo Lengai Volcano Mountain and at Lake Natron. All the camp sites will be fixed with comfortable canvas Tents, while donkeys are included in the number of the crew to help carrying the stuff, this is very interesting.

7 Days Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking

This 7-day trekking tour takes you to the diverse landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands – Ngorongoro,Olmoti and Empakai. The trek will give you , above all, the greatest sceneries on earth  you will never imagine they exist.

It is such a breathtaking hiking through the wide grass and mountainous countryside as well as thick mountain forest and the volcanic stamped savannah landscape of the Rift Valley. Next to the unique nature and animal sightings, this trek allows a deep insight into the daily routines of the Maasai.

DAY 1 Drive to Ngorongoro. Half day game drive
Depart form Arusha at 9 am. Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation area for an afternoon game drive. It will be a 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 metres into the steep-sided ravine below.

DAY 2 Walk to 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 Walk to 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 in to the crater floor.

At the rim you have a fantastic view in 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, 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 Walk to 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 North western side.The trails leads 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 Walk to Mounwongoni Village
Six hours walk beginning ealry 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 beginning ealry 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 Trek to Ol Doinio Lengai
It is one of the few volcanoes in the world to omit Sodium carbonate and potassium, whose run off 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.

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.) your 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 run off 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 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 are 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 in to 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 are wildlife like Zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, ostrich, fringed eared Oryx, lesser kudu, gerenuk and golden jackal. You may also be amazed too 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. After lunch drive back to Arusha.

Price per person sharing : 1650 USD

Package Includes:

– Arrival and departure Airport Transfers
– All entrance fees.
– Half board accommodation on tour
– Service of an English speaking driver guide
– Transport based on an excellent Vehicle/ car
– Driver’s Salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– Game drives as per the Itinerary
– Complementary bottle of water the first and second day
– Complementary of printed Safari hat and T-shirt
– Government taxes

Package Excludes:

– Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, Internet etc.
– International flight
– Departure tax
– Tips to drivers (highly recommended)
– Visa, Travel Insurance

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