This is an active 6-day safari adventure that combines the best of Tanzania’s national parks with an unforgettable hike from Empakaai Crater to Lake Natron. Prepare to be captivated by diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the raw beauty of untouched Tanzania. This unique itinerary takes you on a journey through some of the most iconic destinations, providing opportunities to witness the Big Five and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the wilderness. From the vast plains of Tarangire National Park to the ancient Ngorongoro Crater, and from the challenging hike accompanied by Maasai guides to the lunar beauty of Lake Natron, every moment of this safari promises to be epic. Experience the magic of Tanzania as you camp under the stars, listen to the sounds of the bush, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Let Tranquil Kilimanjaro be your guide to this remarkable Tanzanian odyssey.

Day to Day Itinerary of the 6 days Walking Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha, transfer to accommodation.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park, game drive, overnight in Karatu.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater exploration, drive to Empakaai Camp. Day 4: Hike from Empakaai Crater to Acacia Camp with donkeys.

Day 5: Hike from Acacia Camp to Lake Natron, overnight at Lake Natron Tented Camp.

Day 6: Sunrise at Lake Natron, return to Arusha.

6 days Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Empakaai & Lake Natron Walking Safari Highlights

  • Explore Tarangire National Park and witness its diverse wildlife, including elephant families and predators like lions and leopards.
  • Discover the Ngorongoro Crater, a pristine wilderness with sweeping savannah, glistening lakes, and a chance to spot the endangered black rhino.
  • Experience the breathtaking views of Empakaai Crater and Lake Natron, surrounded by stunning landscapes and the sound of nature.
  • Embark on a 2-day hike from Empakaai Crater to Lake Natron, accompanied by Maasai Guides and donkeys, camping under the stars in the bush.
  • Encounter picturesque Maasai villages and rolling hills along the hike, immersing yourself in the local culture and natural beauty.
  • Stand atop mountains with 360-degree views and feel the power emanating from Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano.
  • Witness the incredible beauty of Lake Natron, known for its reddish color and as a breeding ground for millions of flamingos.
  • Enjoy the serenity of Lake Natron at sunrise, capturing unforgettable moments and experiencing its unique lunar-like beauty.
  • Return to Arusha, reflecting on the extraordinary landscapes, wildlife encounters, and cultural experiences of the safari.

Best time for this 6 day Walking safari

The best time for this safari is during the dry season, which generally falls between December-March, and June to October. During this period, the weather is generally dry, and wildlife congregates around water sources, making it easier to spot animals. The temperatures are pleasant, and there are fewer mosquitoes. However, it’s important to note that Tanzania’s weather patterns can vary, and wildlife sightings are possible throughout the year. It’s always recommended to check with your tour operator for the most up-to-date information and to plan your safari accordingly.

Day 1

Arrive in Arusha

Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be welcomed by a Tranquil Kilimanjaro representative and transferred to your accommodation. Take this day to rest and prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Accommodation:  Arusha Planet Lodge

Day 2

Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Embark on a drive to Tarangire National Park, known for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Experience encounters with elephants, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, and giraffes. Enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and later head to your accommodation in Karatu for dinner and relaxation.

Accommodation: Eileen’s Tree Inn

Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater to Empakaai Camp

Explore the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, home to the endangered black rhino and an array of wildlife. Drive to Empakaai Camp, located near the Empakaai Crater, where you will camp for the night. Enjoy breathtaking views of the crater and lake as you camp under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping in tents at Empakaai Camp

Day 4

Empakaai Crater to Acacia Camp

Embark on a hike from Empakaai Crater to Acacia Camp, accompanied by Maasai guides and donkeys. Trek through picturesque Maasai villages and rolling hills, witnessing stunning landscapes along the way. Set up camp at Acacia Camp and enjoy a night in the wilderness.

Accommodation:  Camping in tents at Acacia Camp

Day 5

Acacia Camp to Lake Natron

Continue your hike from Acacia Camp to Lake Natron, taking in the incredible scenery and feeling a sense of solitude in nature. Experience the lunar beauty of Lake Natron and witness the millions of flamingos that call it home. Rest and enjoy the surroundings at Lake Natron Tented Camp.

Accommodation: Lake Natron Tented Camp

Day 6

Lake Natron to Arusha

Witness the sunrise on the shores of Lake Natron, a truly memorable experience. Explore the lake and its unique features before returning to camp for breakfast. Afterward, embark on the journey back to Arusha, where the safari comes to an end.

The cost for the whole 6 Days Tanzania walking safari includes and excludes the following items

Tanzania Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and activities

All accommodation

A professional driver/ safari guide

All transportation

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer


Water / Coffee / Tea or Soft Drinks

Price Excludes

International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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