Ngorongoro-Crater-highlandsNdutu Woodlands : Acacia trees, resident giraffes, impalas and elephants in the dry season

Mount Oldeani : Forested crater

Lake Eyasi : The largest soda lake in Tanzania , with diverse cultures settled around the area. Explore the real bushmen, the Hadzabe and the Datoga tribe.

Lake Natron : Engaresero river gorge, breeding flamingos in the soda lake and rift cliffs.

Empakai Crater : No roads and no human inhabitants, a crater which contains forests and a deep lake, where flocks of flamingos can be spotted. The cardera is six kilometers wide and the lake occupies nearly half of its floor. The scenery is spectacular at every point. From the northern and eastern side you can look out to the dramatic cone of Oldonyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron . On the valleys eastern side you might see the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro . It is possible to camp on the rim and hike into the crater with an armed ranger.

Olmoti crater : This shallow grassy crater is the source of the Munge river, which pours through a north in the rim in a spectacular waterfall on its way to Ngorongoro crater. Participate in a pleasant walk from Nainokanoka ranger post, through the forest up to the top of the waterfall.

Oldoinyo Lengai : An active volcano, with the possibility of climbing to the very top of the crater. Adventurous visitors sometimes struggle up its steep slopes to visit the steaming, bubbling crater, but most prefer to view its symmetrical cone from a distance. Oldoinyo Lengai is the Maasai language for ” Mountain of God “.

Lerai Forest : “Lerai” is a Maasai word for yellow barked acacia or fever tree. The small forest patches on the crater floor, are homes to monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, waterbucks, elephants and rhinos. A picnic site with ablution facilities is located in this forest.

Lake Makat : This soda lake is filled by the Munge river. It is a great attraction for flamingoes and other water birds which come to feed here. Predators hide in the marsh to ambush the large animals that come to drink from the pools and river. In the severe dry season the lake often dries up completely.

Olkarien Gorge : The dramatic cliffs of this narrow gorge in the Gol Mountains are the breeding site for hundreds of Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture during the rains. In the dry season, the Maasai bring their cattle into the gorge to drink.

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 The Crater Highlands (Ngorongoro Highlands) are a region along the East Africa in Tanzania, located in a spreading zone at the intersection of branches of the African and Somali tectonic plates, resulting in distinctive and prominent landforms.

The highlands are named for the many craters and calderas present. As common in spreading zones, volcanoes can be found here. Magma, rising to fill the gaps, reaches the surface and builds cones. Calderas form if a volcano explodes or collapses, following the emptying of the magma chamber below and further spreading can fracture the volcanoes as well.

Day 1: Arusha City to Ngorongoro Crater -Nainokanoka village.Leave Arusha at 7:30am to Ngorongoro Crater for a half day Crater tour with picnic lunch boxes, then proceed to Nainokanoka village. Walk to Olmoti Crater for the sunset tour and Munge Waterfalls, then return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay at Nainokanoka Ranger Post.

Day 2: Nainokanoka to Bulati Village. After breakfast you’ll walk through Embulimbuli depression with picnic lunchboxes, follow by donkeys carrying your bags, food, camping gears.5-6hrs walking through grassland following the animal trail to Bulati village. Dinner and Overnight stay at Bulati Village.

Day 3: Bulati Village to Empakai Crater. Morning after breakfast,hike through the bush land and forest to the rim of the Empakaai crater with picnic lunch boxes. Descend down the crater to see the volcanic lake, dense forest, different bird species and wild animals like buffalos, waterbucks, reedbucks. Return to the rim of the crater for dinner and overnight stay at Empakai Crater Rim Campsite.

Day 4: Empakaai Crater to Yellow Acacia Campsite. After breakfast descend on the north western side of the crater to the edge of mountain Oldoinyo Lengai{Yellow Acacia Campsite}via Nayobi village for hot lunch. Dinner and Overnight stay at Yellow Acacia Campsite.(Over viewing Mt.Lengai}

Day 5: Yellow Acacia Camp to Lake Natron. Morning after breakfast descends down to the base of mountain Oldoinyo Lengai and continues walking to Ngaresero village. The safari jeep will be at Ngaresero village waiting for you to arrive. Picnic lunch on theway. Afternoon, visit a waterfalls for a big shower. Dinner and overnight stay at Kamakia Campsite.

Day 6:Lake Natron to Mt. Lengai then to Arusha City. After an early breakfast at  2 am or 3 am when the transfer car will take you to the foot of active volcanic mountain, Oldoinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) 2878m ready for ascending to the top. Then, descend and waiting car will be there ready for transfer back to Arusha via Lake Natron, engaruka.