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7 Days Walking in Ngorongoro,Empakai Crater and Lake Natron


14 Days Walking Safari in the Ngorongoro Highlands

Day 1: 8:00 am Depart Moshi to Mto wa Mbu. We start from the market, where you will meet a Chagga family producing banana beer. We then take a walk northwards, passing many different farms. On your way, you get in-depth information about the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area. Mzee Filipo, a farmer from Kigoma, will show you his Oil press and tell you about the history of irrigation in the area. Your trip ends at a farm built by the Belgium Development Organization ACT, where you can visit their sunflower seeds production and take marvellous pictures of colourful flower fields with the Great Rift Valley as background.

Papyrus Lake Tour
This walk starts 5kms north of Mto wa Mbu, where the Miwaleni waterfalls pouring down from the rift valley has created a green oasis. Passing some little streams you walk in the direction of the Papyrus Lake, from where the Rangi people collect the materials for the mats and baskets they make. On your way you can see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who still make traditional bows and arrows for hunting. The walk can be extended with a climb to the waterfalls at the rift valley. Overnight at the fig. Campsite.

Day 2: Balaa Hill Tour
Starting from Mto wa Mbu you walk at the foot of the rift valley towards the northern direction. The farmers in this area mainly grow bananas (many different varieties) and the big leaves provide a pleasant shade. On your way you can visit some farms and get some explanation about the irrigation methods in the area. Finally, you climb Balaa Hill, "the hill of misfortune" in about twenty minutes and enjoy the beautiful view over the green oasis of Mto wa Mbu. On the top the guides will explain to you where the hill got its mysterious name. The walk can be extended with a visit to the Njoro springs, one of the main water sources of the area and a nearby waterfall. Overnight at the fig. Campsite.

Day 3: 8:00am Drive to Ngorongoro Nainokanoka where you will camp ready to start walking the next day. In the morning, donkeys will be provided together with a Masai, Ranger and Guide + Cook, ready for your trip the following day. Overnight at Nainokanoka campsite.

Day 4: Nainokanoka Embulbul 35kms (takes about 6 hrs)
7:00am Depart with a Ranger, donkeys, Masai + cook and walk toward Lake Natron with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Embulbul campsite.

Day 5: After breakfast, we commence our walk via the Embulbul Depression towards Empakaai (6hrs) with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Empakaai campsite.

Day 6: We depart the Empakaai campsite towards the Empakaai crater (4hrs walking). Picnic lunch at the Empakaai crater. After our day trekking at the Empakaai crater, we return to the Empakaai campsite for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 7: After breakfast, we depart the Empakaai campsite to Acacia tree, which is approximately 5 hrs of walking. Dinner and Overnight at the Acacia tree Campsite.

Day 8: Today, our walk begins at Acacia tree campsite towards Lake Natron (6hrs walking) with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Campsite.

Day 9: After breakfast, we depart Lake Natron campsite, trek to Mt. Oldoinyo Lengai for a day trip, with picnic lunch. The day ends at Lake Natron campsite. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 10: Our day commences at the lake Natron campsite, today we visit the nearby waterfalls with picnic lunch, and we spend most of the day there in the waterfalls oasis. The day ends at the Lake Natron campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: After breakfast, we transfer by vehicle to Longido at the SNV project and Maasai life. Dinner and overnight at SNV Project campsite.

Day 12: Walks to the refuge of birds, like weavers, sunbirds, barbets and turacos.
Dinner and overnight at Longido campsite.

Day 13: Today our walking safari takes us from Ol Tepesi to Kimokouwa, along a narrow Masai Cattle trail that meanders over the slopes of Longido Mountain. In 2 hours time you gradually climb from the plains at an altitude of 1200 meters on a clear day you have a beautiful view on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Dinner and overnight at Longido campsite.

Day 14: After breakfast drive to Arusha for curio shopping. Transfer to Moshi for lunch, dinner and overnight.
End of safari.

5 Days Walking Safari
Day 1 Drive to Nainokanoka, Picnic lunch en route,
Overnight at Nainokanoka

Day 2 After breakfast walk to Elbulbul, Picnic lunch on the way,
Overnight at Naiyobi campsite

Day 3 Proceed to Empakaai crater, Picnic lunch on the way,
Overnight at Empakaai plain campsite.

Day 4 Walking to Mt Oldoinyo Lengai, Picnic lunch on the way,
Overnight at Mt. Oldoinyo Lengai campsite.

Day 5 Transfer by car to Moshi or Arusha, with picnic lunch,
End of safari.

This includes:
Transport and driver guide, A cook + three meals a day, An armed Ranger, A Masaai as a cordinator, Donkeys for carrying water, All special camping sites, All the Park entry fee

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Walking in Ngorongoro,Empakai Crater and Lake Natron

Late afternoon game viewing in the crater. 3500m.
Morning game viewing in the crater then drive through highlands to the rim of Empakai crater.
Walking in the crater, we explore this unique forested crater on foot, and marvel at the variety of its wildlife and flora.
With Maasai guides we walk down the Rift Valley escarpment to the Salei plains.
The views over Lake Natron are magnificent. The flamingo colonies from this distance are a splash of dark pink colour on the lake. We reach the floor of the Rift valley
1am is time to start our climb. We reach the summit to watch the sun rise on Kilimanjaro 200 km away. Inside the crater we witness small eruptive cones spurting liquid magma which in turn form pools of hot lava. It is a powerful magical place sacred to the Maasai. In the afternoon back in our vehicles, we cross the Rift Valley towards Mount Longido.
On a little used track we reach the main road to the border. After border formalities we head back to Nairobi.

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