Walking in the Highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
There is a lot more to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area than the Crater itself and many tourists leave the area without having had the opportunity to see more of what is to offer. The surrounding highlands include seven extinct volcanoes full of outstanding beauty and amazing scenery. A short walk of only an hour or more can be very rewarding and there are also many opportunities for longer hikes. After spending days in sitting in a vehicle, some tourists want to stretch their legs. Others may want to consider activity as an additional before or after safari. . If you are interested in any of these activities, please let us know so that we can incorporate them into your itinerary.
Ngorongoro Crater rim walk
The walk is along the western rim of the crater past the Oloirobi viewpoint. There are patches of forest to begin with and later it opens up into thicket and grassland, giving beautiful views down into the crater on your right and eventually equally good views towards Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti and the Gol Mountains to your left. This is an easy-paced walk with no arduous climbs, just a few short gradients. It lasts about 2 hrs and can be done at any time of a day.
Empakaai Crater walk
It is on the eastern side of the Ngorongoro Crater . Empakaai a 300 metres deep caldera is dominated by a soda lake. With a diameter of only 6 kms it is smaller than Ngorongoro but very beautiful. The walls are steep and thickly-forested. The walk down, along the path, takes about 30 minutes. Most of the floor is occupied by a soda lake, 85 metres deep. Depending on the season there are numbers of flamingos which congregate to feed along the edge of the lake. Enjoy the walk along the edge of the lake around the entire floor of the crater. Te walk takes 2-3 hours. Climb back and enjoy picnic lunch on the rim, on a clear day will you get a magnificent views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Lake Natron and Mt. Kilimanjaro
Endoro River Nature Trail
This is a 5km round trip, starting and finishing near Karatu town, it can be down morning or afternoon. This walk goes gently uphill into the Northern Highland forest Reserve. The main attractions are elephant caves, created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamins and minerals in the soil, and a 150m waterfall, from the top you get beautiful views over the agricultural country around Karatu. The forest is home for African elephant, buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, plus a good variety of birds. This is montane, not tropical forest and is a vital source of water for wildlife and as well as the farming communities to the South. The round trip should take about 2 – 3 hours to the elephant cave and back. This walk can be done before entering or after leaving the Ngorongoro Conservation Area en route from/to Lake Manyara National Park
Walking Arusha National Park
At 7.30am after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town, you will be driven to Arusha National Park. Accompanied by professional guide and armed ranger, you will spend your morning by climbing up to Miriakamba Camp, the first camp on the way to the summit to Mt. Meru. From here you will get magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Enjoy picnic lunch at this view point, you will then descend back down the mountain. This walk takes 3 to 4 hours, afterwards you may have a game drives or do Canoeing in Momella Lake. In the afternoon you will heard back to Arusha town.