8-Day Ngorongoro Highlands & Lake Natron Trek

Trip Overview

For those of you who have a high level of fitness and enjoying hiking, the steep paths and steamy conditions of the Ngorongoro Highlands offer an exciting way to see Tanzania’s most beautiful conservation area from outside your vehicle and far from the tourist crowds.

Not just a hiking program, your tour will also include a game drive in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and a visit off the beaten track to beautiful Lake Natron, a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos and home to Ol Doinyo Lengai, the holy mountain of the Maasai.

DAY 1: Arrival Tanzania

Upon arrival at  Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your Tansafari-Tours driver-guide, who will transfer you to your hotel in Arusha for your overnight.

Day 2: ARUSHA – NGORONGORO CRATER

This morning after breakfast, you will depart with your driver-guide to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you catch your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you will soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Descend the 600 meters (approximately 2,000 feet) into the crater floor for what promises to be an exciting day of wildlife encounters. 

Midday, you will stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo pool, followed by more game viewing before heading to your accommodation in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: KARATU – Nainokanoka VILLAGE

You will begin the hiking portion of your trip today, departing after breakfast to the nearby village of Nainokanoka. From there, your hike will take you to Olmoti Crater and onward to Bulati village, passing through open grasslands, rolling hills, Maasai villages and cattle trails. You will overnight at the campsite in Bulati.

DAY 4: EMPAKAI CRATER – NAIYOBI VILLAGE

From Bulati, you will hike to Empakai Crater and then descend into the crater floor. If you wish, you can take a walk around the lake. Afterward, you will climb back up to the crater rim and proceed to Naiyobi village, where you will overnight.

Day 5: Naiyobi Village – Lake Natron

After breakfast,  you will depart on foot with a local Maasai guide and with donkeys to carry all of your gear, to the foot of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the holy mountain of the Maasai). Here, you will be picked up by car and driven to Engare Sero village for your overnight.

DAY 6: LAKE NATRON & waterfalls

This morning, you will hike to the lake and to Engare Sero village. You will return to camp for lunch and then head to the waterfalls, which is a challenging hike. Please bring water shoes with you. Enjoy a swim in the falls before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.

For those of you who wish to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai, you will start your climb tonight, when the air is cooler. You will depart with your guide at around 11:00pm to begin your ascent. Please be aware that this is a tough climb.

Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in East Africa, is an invigorating experience that rewards successful climbers with an astounding view of the surrounding lands and distant Lake Natron.

DAY 7: LAKE natron

Those of you on the climb will make it back to camp at around 10:00am,  where a nice breakfast will be waiting for you. This will be a leisure day for everyone. It is possible to visit a nearby Maasai village if you wish, or take a drive around the lake with your guide.

DAY 8: LAKE NATRON – ARUSHA

This morning after breakfast, we will return to Arusha, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport, depending on your onward travel plans.

The above itinerary can be customized according to your wishes.

Seasons 2 People 4 People 6 People

High Season

$ 2541

$ 1,936

$ 1,622

Low Season

$ 2,332

$ 1,782

$ 1,503

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Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a huge game-changer for the tourism industry worldwide, and Tanzania is no exception. Ensuring that our guests and staff are as protected and healthy as possible has become our top priority.

All of our staff have been trained by officials from Tanzania’s Ministry of Health on the necessary procedures to follow to ensure your safety. At the same time, we highly recommend that you follow the health and travel advice of relevant authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

We encourage wearing masks, using hand sanitizer frequently, and maintaining social distancing at all times. Importantly, if there are any additional safety measures that we can implement to make you feel safer and/or more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a huge game changer for the tourism industry worldwide, and Tanzania is no exception. Ensuring that our guests and staff are as protected and healthy as possible has become our top priority.
All of our staff have been trained by officials from Tanzania’s Ministry of Health on the necessary procedures to follow to ensure your safety. At the same time, we highly recommend that you follow the health and travel advice of relevant authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
We encourage wearing masks, using hand sanitizer frequently, and maintaining social distancing at all times. Importantly, if there are any additional safety measures that we can implement to make you feel safer and/or more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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