A 5-day trek to the highlands of the Ngorongoro crater and Lake natron will have you exploring the varied landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. You’ll trek across boundless plains, woodland greenery, and the highlands’ steep landscape. While walking through their communities, get a firsthand look at Maasai life. Plus, see the Great Rift Valley’s magnificent savannah scenery.
This five days Ngorongoro Highlands hike and Lake Natron trek is the essence of stepping off the beaten path, taking you on foot through the volcanic landscapes of northern Tanzania, seeing locations that are just not accessible by car.
Discover the interesting lifestyles of the Maasai between Ngorongoro and Lake Natron with Maasai guides who will teach you about their culture and customs. The walk continues along the Rift Valley wall to Lake Natron, with excellent views of Ol Doinyo Lengai ahead.
- Experience Cultural immersion as you interact with the Maasai.
- Learn the Maasai way of life and some Maa language
- Experience the scenic beauty of the natural Lake Natron environment.
- make stories around the bush campfire as you chat the night away
- Enjoy the star gaze at night from the sky above the Ngorongoro Highlands
- Take nature walks on paths leading to hills and valleys
- Wildlife and bird watching
Ngorongoro Highlands to Lake Natron Trek
This 5 day trek to the Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro Crater, Olmoti Crater, Empakaai Crater, Nainokanoka Village and Lake Natron is the essence of stepping off the beaten path, taking you on foot through the volcanic landscapes of northern Tanzania, seeing locations that are just not accessible by car. You can squeeze this experience in after your Ngorongoro Crater game drives and fly onward to the Serengeti at the end of the trip, making it easy to combine with a typical northern circuit safari.
Between Ngorongoro and Lake Natron, immerse yourself in the intriguing life of the Maasai and discover more about their culture and customs with Maasai guides. You may trek to the bottom of this seldom-seen volcanic crater starting at Empakaai Crater, where the gravel road terminates.
You may trek to the bottom of this rarely-visited volcanic crater, which is home to flamingo, bushbuck, waterbuck, and numerous monkey species in the forest, starting at Empakaai Crater, where the dirt road terminates. The walk continues north along the Rift Valley wall, with excellent views of Ol Doinyo Lengai ahead, before descending to Lake Natron, where you will finish.
We’ve included two nights here to allow you to thoroughly explore the region, which has a lot to offer: a plethora of flamingos who use the lake as a breeding site, hominid footprints, climbs to the Ngare Sero waterfalls, and a variety of shorter walks.
We recommend staying at the Ngorongoro Highlands for a couple of nights before going on a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, as well as spending time with the Maasai villages or doing a warm-up climb up the Olmoti Crater behind the camp. You can also stay somewhere else in the Ngorongoro or Karatu regions.