10 Days | 9 Nights

This itinerary can be organized on its own or combined with a more extended wildlife safari to Serengeti and other national parks.

Ngorongoro Highlands offer some of Tanzania’s most unusual scenery with a unique trekking environment that mingles with the traditional culture of the Maasai people. It is a landscape of molded volcanic peaks and tropical highlands punctuated by lakes, streams and rivers.

The best way to explore the highlands is on foot although some parts can be visited on a vehicle safari. Hikes start around Ngorongoro Crater and pass through the smaller craters and summits on the way, finishing at Lake Natron with an optional climb to the crater of the active volcano Ol Donyo Lengai. The treks are arranged in cooperation with local Maasai communities.

Our team will be accompanied by a Maasai guide giving us a rich flavor of local knowledge and history, while our supplies & baggage will be carried by donkeys. This trek is an off the beaten track way to indulge into Tanzania’s life. We are certain that you will always remember this unique adventure as it is pure Africa.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Your Safari driver will meet you in the Kilimanjaro International Airport to welcome you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha. Rest time.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara NP – Ngorongoro Highlands

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you in your private 4×4 safari vehicle to Lake Manyara National park. The national park has a lovely environment; a thin green band of forest, flanked on one side by the cliffs of the Rift Valley Wall, on the other by the shores of the ancient soda lake. Wildlife here is very diverse.

We’ll see many baboons and if we’re lucky – the famous tree-climbing lion. Lake Manyara is also one of the finest parks for birdlovers.  Lunch in a picnic site. In the afternoon we drive to Ngorongoro conservation area. Upon arrival to the conservation area and after the gate procedures, we drive down to our camp for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 3: Ngorongoro Highlands, Olmoti and Empakai craters

After breakfast we hike up to the rim of the Olmoti Crater and visit the Munge waterfalls (1h30 walking). Olmoti Crater is a shallow crater with a grassy surface. It is also the source of the Munge river which pours through a notch in the rim while creating a beautiful waterfall. Then your driver will transfer you to the Bulati Village where you will start your hike up to Empakaai Crater through open grassland area, bushland area and forests.

Short rest at the camp. Empakai crater measures about 6km in diameter and half of its surface is a lake. We descend into the crater floor through a green forest to watch the flocks of flamingos and more aquatic birds. (approx. 4 hours walking). The view from the rim towards every direction is magnificent. In clear weather, from the northern side we admire the view of the great Rift valley all the way till Oldoinyo Lengai and Lake Natron.

On the eastern side we can even see the snow peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at the camp on the rim of the crater.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 4: Ngorongoro Highlands to Naiyobi Maasai village

After breakfast the crew will pack all gears at the donkeys to proceed the hike. Then we descend the crater rim towards the north-western side. In the afternoon we reach the Naiyobi Maasai village (approx. 6hours walking).

For those who wish, you can enjoy a conversation with the Maasai people and visit their local primary school or just relax and watch a different way of living. Dinner and overnight at our bush campsite in the acacia trees forest near the village.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 5: Ngorongoro Highlands to Lake Natron

Departing in the morning following the dusty paths downhill off the crater highlands to Mouwongoni Maasai village. (Approx. 3 hours walking). Our jeep will be waiting for us to transfer us to Kamakia camp in Lake Natron.

Lake Natron is a soda lake with large resident populations of flamingos. After few free hours relaxing at the camp, we go for an afternoon walk to the Ngare Sero waterfalls where optionally you may enjoy a dip in the waters. In the afternoon we return to the camp. Leisure time, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

 Day 6: Lake Natron to Serengeti National Park

At sunrise we visit the soda lake with the beautiful lesser flamingos. A perfect time for photography with the dramatic landscape of the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai in the background.

Then we board on our 4×4 vehigle and proceed to the great Serengeti through Klein’s gate. In the Maasai language, “serenget” means “endless plain”. The park stretches for over 15,000 square kilometers. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Depending on the season, the movements of the migration and the concentration of the animals we will head to the best places for game viewing – there are so many destinations within Serengeti. We will either stay 2 nights in the northern zone and 1 night in the central zone or 1 night in the north and 2 nights in the center.

We will enjoy full day game drive either following the herds of the wildebeests and zebras on their annual migration or spotting the big cats along with many more animals on our way. Lunch in a picnic site. Dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Full day game drive exploring Serengeti in search of the “big five”. The Serengeti eco-system is home to the “big five” (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros). The other main species include zebra, wildebeest, various species of gazelles and antelopes, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles and some primate species such as vervet monkeys and olive baboons. It is also an endemic bird area, with a total of 505 species being documented so far. In the evening, we drive to our camp/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Possibility for optional activity (quoted separately): Balloon Safari over the Serengeti plains

The Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning at about 5h00 am when you depart your lodge. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the Launching site. When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position you board your balloon and lift off!

Rising as the sun rises your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds of the day are heading over this wonderful area. Your pilot will use varying altitudes and layers of air to navigate the balloon over this amazing area spotting the wild animals and enjoying the view around.

We aim to fly for about an hour, depending on conditions. After landing, you celebrate in the traditional way with a champagne toast before heading off to a special breakfast in the bush under an acacia tree.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 9: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Sunrise game drive, searching for big Cats while hunting, they actively hunt during early morning. Then we proceed with en route game drive to Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge inside the conservation area.

The crater and surrounding highlands are one of Africa’s most beautiful regions, with volcanic craters forming stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. With 600 metre high walls and a rich volcanic floor covering 260km2, the crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, a crater formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago.

It is estimated that the height of the original volcano ranged between 4,500 to 5,800 metres high.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha or Airport

Today early in the morning, we depart the lodge and drive down to the crater floor for wildlife game. With its abundant water, excellent grazing and natural protection from the densely vegetated crater walls, the crater provides shelter to over 25000 animals, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros.

Lunch will be taken in a picnic site inside the crater. In the afternoon we drive back to Arusha or directly to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Book this tour

  • Transfer from/to Arusha
  • Transport with our Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop up roof for game drive fitted with HF radio communication
  • Dedicated Services of Kashengere Safari English speaking guide (possibility for more languages upon request in advance)
  • Ngorongoro conservation and Crater fees
  • Ranger fees
  • Walking fees
  • Government Vat fees
  • Local Maasai guide fees
  • Village fees
  • Donkey fees
  • Camping fees
  • Camping gears (tents, thick foam mattresses, pillows, table, chairs, cooking equipment).
  • Cook and crew to prepare the meals and take care of the campsites
  • Meals as prescribed in the itinerary
  • 1.5 lts of water per person per day
  • International & Domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • For the camping please bring your personal sleeping bags
  • Optional Activity Oldonyo Lengai climb: USD 100 per person (includes Mountain park fees, Guide fees and allowance)
  • Tips and gratuities to the crew/personnel
  • Items of a personal nature – spa treatments, laundry, mini-bars, internet etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question. We are looking forward to hear from you.

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