This walking safaris involve driving by 4×4 land cruisers / land rover, hiking with a local Maasai warrior, accompanied by an armed ranger and a donkey or two to carry your luggage, food stuffs plus camping gear. This is the perfect way to venture the real insights of the African wilderness of unimaginable ancient volcanic and breathtaking landscapes.
We commence this journey by driving straight to the Ngorongoro highlands and descend 2000ft, into the crater floor for a half a day game show. At noon we’ll take a break for a picnic lunch at the Ngoitokitok hippo pool and thereafter depart, heading northward to a Maasai village known as Nainokanoka for the overnight.
After breakfast, pack up a pair of swimmers for a spectacular power shower which pours out of a notch in the Olmotti crater rim wall. With your lunch packs, water bottles and a walking stick, accompanied by your local Maasai guide, you wil begin your 5 to 6 hours hike, with resting poses, passing numerous Maasai Bomas along the most impressive vistas of nature wonders, before emerging on top of the Olmotti crater below you. Descend down the crater and explore this authentic land before returning back to the village campsite for dinner and a little Maasai dance show.
You are driven down through the Embul-bul depression, walk amidst plains grassland scattered by wild animals like Buffalo, Zebras and a variety of gazelles. Get dropped off at the descent track into the Empakaai Crater; accompanied by an armed ranger, you will walk through natural forests that surround the Flamingo crater walls. The pink birds will let you reach as close as about 25 meters, just well enough for you to enjoy the symphony, before they make an explosive pink flight.
Feeling like the first human on earth to discover this marvellous place while enjoying your picnic lunch box…finish up and take a little hike along the shores for your last glimpse before you begin your walk up and out of the crater and head towards a village known as Naiyobi – captivating vistas of the volcanic mountain Oldoinyo Lengai. (taking approx 4-5 hrs ). You will enjoy your dinner and the Maasai village nightlife.
We’ll break the camp, load the donkeys and begin trekking down slope for about 5-7 Hours, towards the massif of Lengai and Lake Natron ahead of your sight to the mountain base. Go for a refreshing bath in the gushing Ngaresero River before your early supper then retire immediately after dinner for the midnight awakening won’t be so soothing.
Upon your descention at around 1000 hrs the jeep will be waiting to drive you to the Kamakia Campsite, about 12 Km from the base. Relax and take your cool power shower at the gushing river waterfall (1 hour hike). At the campsite, you will be served tea, coffee, beer, snacks and supper.
Today you can choose weather to walk up the river waterfall (15min) for another power shower or stroll down to Lake Natron (2 hours) for close up images of the nesting flamingos in the harshest semi-desert soda volcanic lake on the planet.
Looking behind you, up the valley is the Mountain of GOD standing majestically above you reflecting your memories and the proud sense of achievement.
NOON: After your lunch depending on your itinerary, you will start the journey to Kleins or Loliondo camp in the Northern tip of the Serengeti or Arusha/ Moshi via Mto wa Mbu commences.
The above itinerary can be extended prior to client’s wishes.