5-Day Private Adventure Tour to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The trek through the Ngorongoro Highlands into Lake Natron is one of the most off-the-beaten-path destinations in Northern Tanzania. The hugely popular parks of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are just around the corner, but you will have this area largely to yourselves. Additionally, you have the opportunity to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai, the world's only active carbonatite volcano. The landscape surrounding Lake Natron is unique in the world, as are the relatively untouched Maasai villages in this area.

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Accommodation
    • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
    • Entry/Admission - Ol Doinyo Lengai
    • Entry/Admission - Engare sero waterfall
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater

    Stop At: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region
    After an early breakfast in Arusha, depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The drive to the Ngorongoro Gate is approximately three hours. After reaching the gate, proceed around the Crater Rim to the Crater descent road. Make the 45 minute drive to the bottom of the Crater and have a game drive on the Crater floor.

    Spend approximately 6 hours viewing wildlife on the Crater floor. Highlights of your Crater game drive will be lion, cheetah, black rhino, flamingo, hippo and elephant. Have lunch inside the Crater. After the game drive, exit and proceed to Simba Campsite for dinner and overnight.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
    Most of the day will be spent viewing wildlife in this world-famous safari destination.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Campsite overlooking the Crater below

    Day 2: Walking from Embulbul Village to Empakai Crater

    Stop At: Empakaai Crater, Tanzania
    After breakfast at Simba Campsite, drive around the Ngorongoro Crater rim to Embulbul Village on the other side. Begin your hike to Empakai Crater. Pass through several Maasai villages as you make your way to Empakai. Descend into Empakai Crater if you arrive early enough or leave that for the following morning. Overnight Empakai Special Campsite.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Empakai Special Campsite

    Day 3: Empakai Crater to Acacia Campsite

    Stop At: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region
    Enjoy a full day walking safari from Empakai Special Campsite to Acacia Campsite. On this day you will walk with donkeys, a Maasai guide and your cook. You will meet your driver and vehicle once you reach Lake Natron. Hike through several Maasai villages along the way to Acacia Campsite. This is one of the least crowded areas in all Northern Tanzania. You will enjoy this trip mostly to yourselves and experience the ancient culture of the Maasai. Overnight Acacia Campsite.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Acacia Special Campsite

    Day 4: Acacia Campsite to Lake Natron

    Stop At: Lake Natron, Lake Natron, Arusha Region
    Hike from Acacia Special Campsite to Lake Natron. Hike adjacent to Oldonyo Lengai, the mountain of God, as you make your way to Lake Natron. Your driver will meet you in Lake Natron. In the afternoon, visit a Maasai village or Lake Natron or go on a hike through a river to a waterfall. Dinner at World View Campsite. Meet your local guide and climb Oldonyo Lengai starting in the middle of the night (2am). Reach the summit around dawn (October 10) and descend. Back to World View Campsite for brunch and a rest.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Ol Doinyo Lengai, Arusha Tanzania
    Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano and the only volcano in the world that produces carbonatite lava. Its lava erupts at lower temperatures than all other volcanoes in the world, making its lava appear black instead of molten red. Because of the makeup and temperature of the lava, the resulting landscape is different from any other volcanic landscape in the world.

    The hike to the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai is perhaps the most difficult climb in East Africa. The trail is extremely steep and it must be climbed at night before temperatures reach the high 90s. Those who reach the summit will have the opportunity to peer into the molten lava below.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at World View Campsite in Lake Natron

    Day 5: Lake Natron to Arusha

    Stop At: Lake Natron, Lake Natron, Arusha Region
    Return to the campsite after the volcano hike and have a rest and brunch. If you have energy, hike to Ngare Sero river gorge to the waterfall. Due to the extremely high temperatures in Lake Natron, cooling off in the waters of the river and waterfall are a welcome activity. Drive back to Arusha after the day.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Engare sero waterfall, Loliondo, Arusha Tanzania
    Go on a hike to these waterfalls. The daytime temperature of Lake Natron is extremely hot, and a cooling visit to the river and waterfalls is a wonderful experience. Cross back and forth across the river before reaching the falls.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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