Ngorongoro walking safari and Odoinyo Lengai trekking provides you with the real exposure to the natural African beauty and the wildlife. Escorted by full armed ranger and the maasi warriors you will trek to embulbul, empakai crater and finally to Ngaresero area which is the starting point for trekking Oldoinyo Lengai. This active volcano is located along the Eastern branch of Great Rift Valley on the southern shore of Lake Natron. The shape of Oldoinyo lengai is almost perfect conical shape and it rises 9650ft above sea level has been experiencing occasional volcanic eruptions over historical time. The occasional eruption made the Maasai people who are the local tribe in the area to call it the scaring mountain of God.
Oldoinyo Lengai erupt Sodium Carbonate lava which is said to have low temperature compared to other types of Lava therefore it is quite possible to walk on the still steaming ground.
This trip will also takes you to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and Lake Natron which is the breeding site for the flamingo birds.
Ngorongoro Walking Safari and Oldoinyo Lengai Climb
Day 1: Arrive at JRO/ Arusha Town
Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport or arrive by shuttle bus from Nairobi, Meet and assist at the airport and after going through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs, Transfer to Planet Lodge Arusha or similar hotel in order to stay overnight at on Bed and Breakfast basis. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park for game drive, Lake Manyara is a shallow freshwater lake in Tanzania. It is said to be the “loveliest (lake) … in Africa,” Lake Manyara is covering 127 square miles (329 km2) of Lake Manyara National Park, the lake’s alkaline waters cover approximately 89 square miles (231 km2). It is famous for a good number of baboons and birdlife, also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs, and giraffes, giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates, and then proceeds to Haven Nature Campsite in order to stay overnight on Full Board basis.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park with an optional – via Olduvai Gorge (Millions of years ago, the site was that of a large lake, the shores of which were covered with successive deposits of volcanic ash. Excavation work there was pioneered by Louis and Mary Leakey beginning in 1931. The Serengeti National park covers 14,763 km² (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains and savanna as well as river trine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the national Tanzania and Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara National Park reserve. Stay overnight at Seronera Campsite in order to stay overnight on Full Board basis.
Day 4: Full Day at Serengeti National Park
Spend a full day game drives in Serengeti plains; the endless, almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. . Other hoofed animals – zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, and waterbuck – also occur in huge numbers thru out the year. Stay overnight at Seronera Campsite – on Full Board basis.
Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority
Wake ups call at 6:00am, in order to have just a cup of hot coffee then proceed for the early morning game drive, this morning game drive is very important as you will be able to witness the early morning kills from the big five only if you will be lucky enough. After the game drive back to the camp/Lodge at 9:30am in order to have your main breakfast, there after you will check out the Lodge and proceed with game drives en–route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. Stay overnight at Simba Campsite – with fascinating view of the crater floor!
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive
Head for the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater – a wonder of the natural world – and descend into the crater for the park maximum 6-hour tour of the Crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest caldera measuring 600 meters in depth and covering 250 square kilometres in area. The crater is a stunning setting and contains an abundance of wildlife with over 20,000 large animals including Tanzania’s few remaining black rhino. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is unique in that over 40,000 Masaai pastoralists with their cattle, goats and sheep live alongside the abundant wildlife in relative harmony. Return to Simba Campsite for dinner and overnight on Full Board basis.
Day 7: Drive to Nainokanoka/ Trek to Bulati
Today you will start the Ngorongoro walking safari by heading to Nainokanoka by 4WD, where you will commence a spectacular 4-day walking safari with your private Maasai guide, a cook plus donkeys to carry supplies. We leave Nainokanoka for a full day’s walking to Bulati Village Campsite in order to stay overnight on Full Board basis.
Plan on approx 5 to 6 hours of walking each day over the next 4 days. This special trek offers you fresh air, peace and serenity in the wilderness, along with authentic cultural interaction with the Masaii, plus panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Olmoti and Lolmasin. Other sights include Empaki crater, the famous Lake Natron flamingos, and for those who are very fit, the optional opportunity to climb the “Mountain of God” (Ol Doinyo Lengai). This trek can be combined with a northern circuit lodge or camping safari, please inquire if you are interested in more game viewing or encounters with different tribes. Stay overnight at Bulati Village Campsite on Full Board basis.
Day 8: Ngorongoro walking Safari to the Empakaai Crater Rim
Today we continue with Ngorongoro walking safari to Empakaai Crater. Dinner and a scenic overnight stay tonight on the rim of Empakaai Crater. Bushbuck, buffalo and blue monkey can be seen on the rim, which boasts splendid views on a clear day to Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Natron. Stay overnight at Empakaai Crater Rim Campsite on Full Board basis.
Day 9: Empakaai Crater Hike / Trek to Nayobi village
This morning proceed with the Ngorongoro walking safari by descend into Empakaai crater. The crater is 300 meters high with almost half of the floor filled by a pristine soda lake. Later, we hike to Nayobi village. Dinner and overnight will be camping on the grounds at the Nayobi school. Stay overnight at Ngaresero Campsite on Full Board basis.
Day 10: Finish Trek / Drive to Surreal Lake Natron
For those interested in climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai, we can arrange your trek for an extra fee of US$ 120 per person and you can start the ascend approximately 2:00am). Our 4WD will drop you off at the base of the mountain starting point and your driver will be waiting for you until you descend so that you can proceed to Ngaresero Campsite where you will stay overnight on Full Board basis.
Day 11: Return Back to Arusha / Kilimanjaro International Airport
Early this morning, You are free to relish at the sight of the million or more Lesser Flamingos that flock here (the best time for the flamingos on Lake Natron is between August to October, when breeding behaviours are peaking) and the dramatic desert scenery all around you. At the right time, you will begin your drive back to Arusha town. For those departing on the evening KLM flight tonight, you have the choice of either a direct drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport or we can arrange an overnight Arusha at Planet Lodge Arusha on Bed and Breakfast basis.
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Ngorongoro Walking Safari and Oldoinyo Lengai Trekking
- 2 people – Price cost US$ 3,160 per person
- 4 people – Price cost US$ 2,616 per person
- 6 people – Price cost US$ 2,516 per person.
Includes for Ngorongoro Walking Safari
All park fees, Budget Camping Safari, 2 nights in Arusha, Airport pick up transfer, Ngorongoro Crater Highlands Trek, Service of Donkeys, Camping Fees, 3 meals a day whilst trekking, Maasai Trekking Guides, Support Vehicle, Donkeys , Services of a cook, Tents, Mattresses.
Ngorongoro Walking safari Price Excludes:
International flight, Visas, Airport tax– but it can be paid direct by client(s), Driver guide, Tips, Climbing gears – if required it can be hired locally, Sleeping bags, Walking sticks, Drinks, Personal travel and Baggage insurance, Airport departure transfer, Telephone bills, Laundry and any items of personal nature.