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Explore the Ngorongoro highlands with highlights including....

  • Exciting off the beaten track, day hikes, short walks or long multi-day hikes.
  • Spectacular scenery with wildlife, mountains and craters.
  • Experience culture, nature and hiking on it's own or combined with a wildlife safari.
  • Quiet locations. not packed with tourists.
  • and much more!
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Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking

One of our favourite places in Tanzania to walk around, the Ngorongoro highlands offer unique off the beaten track walks, wildlife encounters, cracks in the earths crust, towering mountain and crater scenery which cannot be compared with anywhere else in the world. Combined with the fact that these are quiet areas with mainly the local Maasai inhabitants who coexist with wildlife in harmony and close to the Northern safari circuit, make this must visit place for adventure travellers.

The highland area is usually quiet, even in the busy seasons where most choose to skip these off the beaten track experiences and stay on the usual safari circuit. You can add anything from a half day walk around Olmoti / Empakai craters to multi day Maasailand hikes through the Rift Valley reaching Lake Natron area on the foothills of Mount Oldoinyo Lengai (Maasai for 'mountain of god'). From here you can drive back to access domestic / international flights around Arusha or combine with a visit to Serengeti National Park for wildlife viewing.

Standard packages usually include...

  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis before trek
  • 1 Night accommodation at a base lodge on BB basis after trek
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, hut, ranger and rescue fees for itinerary
  • Trained, certified and experienced English speaking mountain guide/s
  • Mountain porters (1 x porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 12kg for Meru per 1 person)
  • Chef/cook, waiter porter and eating utensils
  • Meals indicated on the itineraries [B = breakfast, L = Hot lunch or packed lunch, D = dinner]
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • 1 x transfer back to a Moshi or Arusha based lodge to park gates; per group
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut on-wards)
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • 1 pulse oximeter per group for twice daily health checks with guide

Optional extras you can add...

  • Supplemental oxygen or emergency oxygen cylinders
  • Comfort upgrades such as a personal porters for extra luggage, summit porters etc.
  • Airport or other transfers
  • Additional transfers from park gates to lodges
  • Domestic flights
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at a lodge
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags etc.

Standard packages usually exclude...

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • International flights
  • High altitude trekking insurance (visit recommended provider)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on first day of trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

When to visit?


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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When to visit


These recommendations are based on weather predictions and trends.

Excellent time

January, February, July to October, December

Good time

March, June, November

Mixed time

April, May

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Superior guides

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