Ngorongoro Crater Trekking
Your trekking on the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands area within the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area can be done for several days,and will not be restricted. Only by your own time and money. The Crater Highlands is a range of extinct volcanoes that rise steeply from the side of the Great Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania. The Crater Highlands range is roundly oval in shape measuring about 80km by 40km and is pinched at one end. The range rises steeply from the surrounding plains at about 1500 metres to heights of between 2500metres and 3500metres. Highlands are volcanic in origin, although the different peaks were created over many millions of years by series of eruptions connected with the formation of the Great Rift Valley.
The older volcanoes have been eroded and most have collapsed to form the Craters (more correctly known as calderas).At the southern end of the Crater Highlands are the oldest volcanoes. Oldeani nad Lemagrut, with both summits at round 3100metres. Northeast of thils lies the Ngorongoro Crater.
To the north of Ngorongoro crater is the main part of the highlands; where the trekking can be done. Only a few kilomentres away, the mountain of Olmoti rises to 100 metres on its western side, with a flat -topped peak (plateau), which can early be seen from Ngorongoro. This mountain also has a small crater.
To the east fo Olmoti is Loolmalasin,the highest peak on the ranges, at 3648 metres, wth its eastern side dropping steeply down to the plains near Engaruka. North of these 2 peaks is Empakaai (aslo spelt Embagai) with a steep circular crater half-filled by a lake. In between the peaks of Olmoti, Loolmalasin and Empakaai the ground deeps to form large Embulbul Depression.
At the northern end of the range is Kerimasi, one of the more recent volcanoes, rising to 2300 metres.Beyond this lies the Crater Highlands northernmost mountain Oldonyo Lengai (2878 metres).
DAY 01: After breakfast at 8:30am,you will be picked from your hotel/lodge and transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will have a stop over the view point to view the Ngorongoro Crater floor and its highlands and have lunch there.Afterwards proceed to Nainokanoka village, where you set the campsite and walk the rim of the Olmoti crater and visit the Munge waterfalls before returning to the camp for dinner and overnight.FULL BOARD.
DAY 02: Depart fo Bulati village, walking through the Embulmbul Depression following the cattle trails which passes through forests and grasslands.Your overnight camp is set at Bulati Village Campsite.FULL BOARD
DAY 03: Early departure.Start walking following the path,which leads through open grassland area, bush land area and forests, gradually gaining height to the rim of the Empakaai crater. Camp is set on the rim, before descending into the crater floor covered with dense equatorial forests, grass and volcanic lake. Animals like buffaloes, reedbucks waterbucks and different species of birds can be seen at close range during the walk around the lake.Stay camping at Empaakai Crater Rim Campsite.FULL BOARD.
DAY 04: Depart for Naiyobi village circling the crater rim, descend on the northwestern side.
DAY 05: Depart in the morning following the dusty paths downhill and off the crater highlands to Muowongoni Masai village. Overnight camp at the edge of the village
DAY 06: Leave in the morning before the sun is hot to follow the winding path across bare volcanic rocks and dust lava soil. The path rounding the north-western floor of the active Mt. Lengai crosses river Ngarasero the nearby village Camp is set near the river and a bath here is very refreshing. Early morning between 0300.am and and 04.00am your transfer jeep drives you to the foot of Mt. Lengai to start the trek to the peak at 2878m.
DAY 07: Descend from the mountain at about 0100.pm Then you will participate in a lunch tour of Lake Natron by jeep. Return to Arusha.
Trip cost per person:-
b)3 up 5pax=$1,555
c)6 up to 9pax =$1,495
d)10 or more = $1,440
SERVICES INCLUDED :-
- Guarantee price/quarantee trek on confirmation
- Transfers to and from the trekking route
- Full board accommodation whilst on the trek(3 meals daily provided by our professional cook)
- Accommodation in camps as per the itinerary
- All park entrance fees to including government taxes
- Donkeys to carry luggage and their escorters
- Service of an English speaking professional guide for trekking and climbing Mt.Oldonyo Lengai
- Start and finish in Arusha
- reated drinking water on the trek
SERVICES NOTINCLUDED :-
- Trekking gears(boots,rain suit,warm trousers+ warm coats/jackets during cold weather,sleeping bag,warm socks,sun and wind glasses,gloves during cold weather,warm hat,cotton t-shirts)
- International flight
- Other drinks
- Visas to Tanzania
- Tips to the crews
- Items of personal nature