Itinerary: Ngorongoro Highland Trekking
This 5-day self-drive safari to Ngorongoro Crater leads you to the different scenery of the Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater. You walk through broad grass and also mountainous countryside in addition to dense mountain forests plus the volcanic-savannah landscape of the Great Rift Valley. Near the amazing nature plus game-watching, this walk enables a deep understanding of the day-to-day lifestyle of the Masai people.
Day 1 Arusha – Olmoti Crater – Nainokanoka
On the first day of this safari, a representative from 4×4 Self Drive Africa Ltd will meet you at the airport or at your hotel in Arusha in the morning and you will do the paperwork, inspective the vehicle, and then you will be free to start the trip on a great tar road. Nearing Mto wa Mbu village, you will see the stunning Rift Valley escarpment rising ahead. From a point of view, the Masai plains extend up to the skyline with Lake Manyara right at the bottom of your feet. After a quick drive, you arrive at the gate of the vast Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
Your drive will continue with amazing views over the crater road before you arrive at Nainokanoka a Masai village with a nearby campsite. This camp is going to be put in place and you can expect to ascend the edge of Olmoti Crater in the afternoon. Actually, the climb is very rewarding with views at the peak of the crater border. Also, there is a chance to visit a small waterfall on the way. Later Dinner will be had at the camp. Sleep at 2650 meters in height could be wet and cold, based on the season.
Day 2: Nainokanoka – Bulati
In the early morning hours, a Masai guide who will guide you through the following days will meet you at the camp. This guide will come with some donkeys that will carry your luggage for the forthcoming trek. Following breakfast, and loading the various donkeys, the journey starts through the verdant highland moving through several local Masai Bomas as well as their livestock. After a small distance, you will see wild animals like Thompson plus Grants Gazelle, wildebeests plus zebras. And then there are several animals, jackals too aren’t miles away and the eagles fly up in the blue skies. After this amazing trek, you will return to the campsite at 16 km, near Bulati a Masai village. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.
Day 3 Bulati – Empakai
Following breakfast, the journey rises up a hill and there you will enjoy the splendid sights of the grass flatlands. The journey continues along the bushy terrain that ultimately unwraps into the active Oldonyo Lengai volcano. This trek offers you wonderful sights of the stunning Volcano and into the Empakai Crater prior to arriving at the campsite to spend the night. There is a well-taken-care of track that leads into the crater floor, of which a third is roofed by Lake Empakai. This alkaline soda lake is a crucial habitat for flamingos that may be seen all year round. Later return to the camp, for dinner. The night will be characterized by calls of flamingos as they fly back into their breeding nests around Lakes Manyara and Natron. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Empakai Crater – Acacia Camp
Today, your journey leads to Naiyobi a Masai village. While pursuing the fine track, you will see this village in a distance together Oldonyo Lengai. Following lunch within Naiyobi, the journey leaves the vast Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area heading to a drier and hotter landscape. This camp is going to be established in a forest with yellow acacia. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5: Acacia Camp – Engare Sero – Arusha
Today we go mainly downhill. The attributes of the journey are the wonderful sights of the Rift Valley, Oldonyo Lengai as well as Lake Natron. A huge area of the rough countryside is roofed by ashes of the very last eruption back in 2007 that add to the unique image of the surroundings. The journey goes deeper downwards into the dried-out scorching Rift Valley, in which the dried ashes can be seen up close. Prior to lunch, you will arrive at the awaiting jeep. Your Masai guide will bid goodbye to you and our driver will drive you to Lake Natron Lodge to get a cold drink or perhaps directly back to the town of Arusha. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner