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Explore Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Natron: A Trekker’s Paradise

  • Price: From Custom per person (only customized tours available for this route),* see all prices
  • Age restriction: 12+ years old for hiking in the highlands. Lake Natron has no age restriction.
  • Difficulty level: Low to medium fitness level of walking. Some muddy trails (in wet seasons) and some inclines / declines.
  • Scenery: Traverse Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Natron, where volcanic peaks frame stark, breathtaking landscapes.
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Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking route map

Overview

Ngorongoro Highlands Trekking

Discover the majestic Ngorongoro Highlands, a premier hiking destination in Tanzania that captivates with its unmatched natural beauty. Venture 'off the beaten track' through the expansive landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, where forest walks, ancient craters, and the sprawling Rift Valley offer a backdrop like no other.

The region's tranquility is preserved by the local Maasai, who live in harmony with the rich wildlife. Adding to this serene adventure is the stark, mineral-rich Lake Natron, known for its flamingo populations and reflective waters. This untouched paradise promises adventure travelers an experience filled with wonder and peaceful coexistence with nature.

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Route itinerary options

Click to expand the various itinerary options for this route. Itineraries indicated as * Recommended * are chosen for their duration, acclimatization and good route profile.

Day 1 - Empakai and Olmoti Crater

Empakai CraterYou start your journey early from Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim today at 06:00am-08:00am. Once inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you take the scenic road to the base of Olmoti Crater (near Nainokanoka ranger post where you will meet your armed Ranger. You can climb up to the Olmoti crater rim (1 hour, low to medium fitness) to enjoy the view.  You drive further until Empakai camp where you have the option of hiking down into the Empakai crater (2 hours, low to medium fitness). From Empakai you will head back to your overnight lodge or camp in Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-3 hours to Olmoti and Empakai / 2-3 hours back to Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro crater rim
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: Maasai village visit, pre or post tour accommodation
  • Meals included: Picnic lunchbox
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Ngorongoro Crater Rim Highlands

Ngorongoro HighlandsYou start your journey early from Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim today and once inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you proceed with an armed park ranger to the Ngorongoro Crater rim where you explore the surrounding areas with a walk (1-1.5 hours, low to medium fitness). Your walk will take you around the forest highlands and across the diverse landscapes around the crater rim with scenic views in all directions. From the Crater Rim you will head back to your overnight lodge or camp in Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim.

  • Approx driving distance: 1 hour to Ngorongoro Crater Rim / 1 hour back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: Ngorongoro Crater game drive, Maasai village visit, pre or post tour accommodation
  • Meals included: None
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Mto wa Mbu / Karatu / Ngorongoro Crater rim to Olmoti & Empakai Craters

Empakai CraterYou start your journey early from Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim today and drive North inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on a scenic road to the base of Olmoti Crater near Nainokanoka ranger post where you will meet your armed Ranger. You can climb up (1 hour, low to medium fitness) to the crater rim to enjoy the view. Today. You drive further until Bulati camp where you have the option of hiking (4-5 hours, medium fitness, time permitting) or driving to the Empakai crater to camp overnight on the Empakai crater rim. Time permitting you can descend into Empakai crater today for a visit to the Empakai lake (1-2 hours, low to medium fitness) or descend early tomorrow morning.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-4 hours to Nainokanoka Ranger post
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Empakai Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite (no facilities)
Location:
Empakai Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 2 - Empakai Crater to Acacia Campsite via Nayobi Maasai village

A full day hike in the Ngorongoro Highlands where you leave Empakai Crater and take the road north past Naiyobi Maasai village until the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will leave your vehicle behind (your driver will meet you again at Lake Natron tomorrow) and take local donkeys with Maasai donkey runners to help to carry your camping gear. The hike today is medium fitness and around 15km / 6-8 hours. On arrival at Acacia camp, there is a spectacular view point on the top of the rift giving you a beautiful view of Oldoinyo Lengai (mountain of god), Lake Natron, the Ngorongoro highlands and the Gol mountains in the distance. This has to be one of the most scenic spots in the whole country!

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Acacia Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite (no facilities)
Location:
Acacia forest, Just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 3 - Acacia Campsite to Lake Natron

Ngorongoro Highlands

Today you finish the last stage of the walking journey and it is relatively short (6km or around 2-4 hours) and downhill and takes you down into the dry and hot Rift Valley at the base of Oldoinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) in the Lake Natron area, where ash from previous eruptions may be seen. Your driver will meet you at the end of the trek and take you to Engarasero village where you should reach around lunchtime. This afternoon you have optional activities (time permitting) including: Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours to Natron
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger, Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (Optional) at Giraffe Campsite

Camping safari

Style: Private campground with faciltiies
Location:
Lake Natron area

Overnight (optional) at African Safari Lake Natron

African Safari Lake Natron

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Overnight (optional) at Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron Camp

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Day 4 - Lake Natron to Arusha, Kilimanjaro airport or Moshi

Oldoinyo Lengai

The morning today will be relaxed, and your options include (time permitting): explore the lake shores of Lake Natron / Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour. Lake Natron is a breeding place for thousands of Flamingos who usually build their nests using the soda flats between August and October. After a picnic lunch you will drive back to Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport (night flights only) or Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 5-7 hours to Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport or Moshi
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Mto wa Mbu / Karatu / Ngorongoro Crater rim to Olmoti & Empakai Craters

Empakai CraterYou start your journey early from Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim today and drive North inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on a scenic road to the base of Olmoti Crater near Nainokanoka ranger post where you will meet your armed Ranger. You can climb up (1 hour, low to medium fitness) to the crater rim to enjoy the view. Today. You drive further until Bulati camp where you have the option of hiking (4-5 hours, medium fitness, time permitting) or driving to the Empakai crater to camp overnight on the Empakai crater rim. Time permitting you can descend into Empakai crater today for a visit to the Empakai lake (1-2 hours, low to medium fitness) or descend early tomorrow morning.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-4 hours to Nainokanoka Ranger post
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Empakai Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite
Location:
Empakai Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 2 - Empakai Crater to Acacia Campsite via Nayobi Maasai village

A full day hike in the Ngorongoro Highlands where you leave Empakai Crater and take the road north past Naiyobi Maasai village until the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will leave your vehicle behind (your driver will meet you again at Lake Natron tomorrow) and take local donkeys with Maasai donkey runners to help to carry your camping gear. The hike today is medium fitness and around 15km / 6-8 hours. On arrival at Acacia camp, there is a spectacular view point on the top of the rift giving you a beautiful view of Oldoinyo Lengai (mountain of god), Lake Natron, the Ngorongoro highlands and the Gol mountains in the distance. This has to be one of the most scenic spots in the whole country!

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Acacia Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite
Location:
Acacia forest, Just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 3 - Acacia Campsite to Lake Natron

Ngorongoro Highlands

Today you finish the last stage of the walking journey and it is relatively short (6km or around 2-4 hours) and downhill and takes you down into the dry and hot Rift Valley at the base of Oldoinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) in the Lake Natron area, where ash from previous eruptions may be seen. Your driver will meet you at the end of the trek and take you to Engarasero village where you should reach around lunchtime. This afternoon you have optional activities (time permitting) including: Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours to Natron
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger, Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (Optional) at Giraffe Campsite

Camping safari

Style: Private campground with faciltiies
Location:
Lake Natron area

Overnight (optional) at African Safari Lake Natron

African Safari Lake Natron

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Overnight (optional) at Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron Camp

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Day 4 - Lake Natron

Oldoinyo Lengai

A full day in the Lake Natron area and your options include (time permitting): explore the lake shores of Lake Natron / Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour. Lake Natron is a breeding place for thousands of Flamingos who usually build their nests using the soda flats between August and October.

  • Approx driving distance: 0 hours to Natron
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Full day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (Optional) at Giraffe Campsite

Camping safari

Style: Private campground with faciltiies
Location:
Lake Natron area

Overnight (optional) at African Safari Lake Natron

African Safari Lake Natron

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Overnight (optional) at Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron Camp

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Day 5 - Lake Natron to Arusha, Kilimanjaro airport or Moshi

Oldoinyo Lengai

The morning today will be relaxed, and your options include (time permitting): explore the lake shores of Lake Natron / Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour. Lake Natron is a breeding place for thousands of Flamingos who usually build their nests using the soda flats between August and October. After a picnic lunch you will drive back to Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport (night flights only) or Moshi.

  • Approx driving distance: 5-7 hours to Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport or Moshi
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Mto wa Mbu / Karatu / Ngorongoro Crater rim to Olmoti & Empakai Craters

Empakai CraterYou start your journey early from Karatu, Mto wa Mbu or the Ngorongoro Crater rim today and drive North inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on a scenic road to the base of Olmoti Crater near Nainokanoka ranger post where you will meet your armed Ranger. You can climb up (1 hour, low to medium fitness) to the crater rim to enjoy the view. Today. You drive further until Bulati camp where you have the option of hiking (4-5 hours, medium fitness, time permitting) or driving to the Empakai crater to camp overnight on the Empakai crater rim. Time permitting you can descend into Empakai crater today for a visit to the Empakai lake (1-2 hours, low to medium fitness) or descend early tomorrow morning.

  • Approx driving distance: 2-4 hours to Nainokanoka Ranger post
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Empakai Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite
Location:
Empakai Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 2 - Empakai Crater to Acacia Campsite via Nayobi Maasai village

A full day hike in the Ngorongoro Highlands where you leave Empakai Crater and take the road north past Naiyobi Maasai village until the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will leave your vehicle behind (your driver will meet you again at Lake Natron tomorrow) and take local donkeys with Maasai donkey runners to help to carry your camping gear. The hike today is medium fitness and around 15km / 6-8 hours. On arrival at Acacia camp, there is a spectacular view point on the top of the rift giving you a beautiful view of Oldoinyo Lengai (mountain of god), Lake Natron, the Ngorongoro highlands and the Gol mountains in the distance. This has to be one of the most scenic spots in the whole country!

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight at Acacia Campsite

Camping safari
Style: Sepcial campsite
Location:
Acacia forest, Just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 3 - Acacia Campsite to Lake Natron

Ngorongoro Highlands

Today you finish the last stage of the walking journey and it is relatively short (6km or around 2-4 hours) and downhill and takes you down into the dry and hot Rift Valley at the base of Oldoinyo Lengai (the mountain of God) in the Lake Natron area, where ash from previous eruptions may be seen. Your driver will meet you at the end of the trek and take you to Engarasero village where you should reach around lunchtime. This afternoon you have optional activities (time permitting) including: Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours to Natron
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger, Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: Oldoinyo Lengai trek (mid-night)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (Optional) at Giraffe Campsite

Camping safari

Style: Private campground with faciltiies
Location:
Lake Natron area

Overnight (optional) at African Safari Lake Natron

African Safari Lake Natron

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Overnight (optional) at Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron Camp

Style: Budget Eco Camp
Location:
Lake Natron Area

Day 4 - Lake Natron to Ololosokwan

Oldoinyo Lengai

A half day in the Lake Natron area and your options include (time permitting): explore the lake shores of Lake Natron / Village tour / Hotspring tour / Visit to waterfalls / Biking tour to Orpul caves / Footprints / Maasai cultural and botanical tour / herding tour. Lake Natron is a breeding place for thousands of Flamingos who usually build their nests using the soda flats between August and October. In the afternoon you journey North East towards the Loliondo Game area.

  • Approx driving distance: 0 hours to Natron / 4-5 hours to Ololosokwan
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Half day Lake Natron activities
  • Optional extras: None
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (Optional) at African Safari Maasai Boma

African Safari Maasai Boma Hut

Style: Budget Maasai style hut
Location:
Ololosokwan, just outside of Serengeti National Park

Overnight (optional) at African Safari Maasai Boma (Comfort)

African Safari Maasai Boma

Style: Budget Eco Maasai style lodge
Location:
Ololosokwan, just outside of Serengeti National Park

Day 5 - Ololosokwan to Serengeti National Park

Today you leave the Maasai region behind and enter Serengeti National Park for your safari extension. This unique location allows you to enter from the remote North-east Kleins gate where you can journey to Northern Serengeti (Migration) or venture into Central Serengeti for a classic safari experience.

  • Approx driving distance: 1 hour to Serengeti National Park
  • Expected game drive: Subject to safari extension
  • Activities usually included: None
  • Optional extras: Serengeti safari extension
  • Meals included: Breakfast, picnic lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Custom - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Highland trekking

Ngorongoro HighlandsThe Ngorongoro Highlands has many more off the beaten track experiences that can be tailor made into your own custom highland trek. We can arrange custom tours covering the Olduvai Gorge, Shifting Sands, Ndutu Woodlands, Nasera Rock, Oldoinyo Gol Mountains, Olkarien Gorge, Laetoli, Mt Lolmalasin, Lake Eyasi.

  • Approx driving distance: Unknown
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided walk with an Armed park ranger
  • Optional extras: Unknown
  • Meals included: All
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Price, includes & add-ons

Click to see price indication for the various group options and group sizes avaialble. You can always request a custom quote: contact us.

Price per person (USD $)

  • Private group (private departure)

    please request a quote
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    please request a quote
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Scheduled departures for Ngorongoro Highland trekking are currently not available however for small groups we can consider offering your dates for others to join.

Standard packages usually include

  • All taxes, VAT and village / activity fees as applicable.
  • All National Park DAY conservation or park entry fee as applicable to the planned itinerary
  • All National Park NIGHT concession or Wildlife management Area fees as applicable to the planned itinerary
  • Specially modified 4x4 Land cruiser with pop up roof, radio calls and English speaking driver-guide, charging ports (Type G socket) and luggage space for a soft bag, max 20kg per person or maximum available space in vehicle. Note that safari vehicles have very limited overall luggage space.
  • 1.5lts per person, per day of bottled drinking water
  • Basic camping safaris include a tent, mattress, camping equipment and a personal cook (sharing for even numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers)
  • Special camping safaris include a tent, mattress, camping equipment and a personal cook (sharing for even numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers) with a private portable camping shower and camping toilet for use at special campsites.
  • Budget, medium and high range safaris include full board (or half board / bed and breakfast if indicated) accommodation (sharing or single with a supplement)

Optional extras, add-ons and comfort upgrades

Although our standard package can be more than enough for most, we appreciate many desire certain comfort upgrades and add-ons and our tours can be customized to include as much or as little as you need.

A beautiful high-range lodge amongst one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations, close to Arusha Airport.

A comfortable mid-range boutique lodge surrounded by coffee farms outside of Arusha town, near Arusha Airport.

A convenient and comfortable mid range lodge outside of Arusha town and conveniently located on the road to Arusha National Park.

A superbly comfortable high range lodge near Arusha city center, for a luxury pre and post tour experience with a view of Mount Meru.

A comfortable and charming boutique mid to high range lodge located conveniently near Arusha town center.

A comfortable mid to high range lodge located conveniently near Arusha Airport.

Experience the flora and fauna of Serengeti or Tarangire National Park from the sky in a Hot air balloon above the African Savannah offering a unique perspective.

Accompanied by armed rangers (inside of parks or reserves) or local guides (outside of parks or reserves) you can encounter the flora and fauna on foot.

You can reserve a fresh hot meal prepared and served to them right in the middle of the bush as a change from the usual packed lunches offered by lodges.

Discover a new world of nocturnal animal species that come out in the dark with a special night game drive in Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park.

The Olduvai Gorge Museum is found on the way to Serengeti National Park and offers an interesting insight into some of the earliest human ancestors.

You can include a selection of tasty local Tanzanian style lunch options to swap your standard lunchbox freshly prepared at towns near our game reserves.

A peaceful and scenic canoeing safari can take you onto the Momella Lakes (Arusha National Park) or Lake Manyara (Lake Manyara National Park).

Take a short stop at a local Maasai village or a longer visit to a unique overnight Maasai style lodge to interact with this interesting semi nomadic tribe.

You can include a selection of nature adventure hikes around your safari including beautiful waterfalls, coffee farm tours and a day hike on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Standard packages usually exclude

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about this route

The Ngorongoro Highlands is a breathtaking area within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, renowned for its volcanic landscapes, rich wildlife, and cultural significance with the local Maasai communities who coexist with wildlife harmoniously.

The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, creating a large caldera that is now home to diverse ecosystems and numerous species of wildlife.

Expect diverse terrains including grasslands, forests, and mountainous areas, with opportunities to see wildlife, visit Maasai villages, and explore other volcanic features like Empakaai and Olmoti craters. As you ascend towards Lake Natron you receive magnificent views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Lake Natron and the Gol Mountains in the distance.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans approximately 8,292 square kilometers, encompassing the highlands, the iconic crater, and vast stretches of wilderness rich in flora and fauna. Carefully planned walking trails take you into extremely remote and scenic areas of Ngorongoro.

Trekking in the Ngorongoro Highlands is generally safe, with guided tours led by experienced guides who are familiar with the terrain and local conditions. An armed park range also accompanies you on hikes inside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area due to the close proximity to wildlife.

As with any outdoor adventure activity, it's important to be prepared. Ensure you have the proper gear, stay hydrated, and follow the guidelines provided by your guides or rangers, especially regarding wildlife and environmental conservation rules.

The best time to trek in the Ngorongoro Highlands is during the dry seasons from June to October and December to February, when weather conditions are most favorable for hiking and wildlife viewing.

Yes, Lake Natron can be included as part of a trekking tour in the Ngorongoro Highlands with a remote walking trail connecting the North-eastern NCAA with Lake Natron. It offers a dramatic contrast to the lush, green landscapes of the highlands and is known for its flamingo populations.

Lake Natron is renowned for its otherworldly appearance, characterized by its alkaline waters that can reach a pH of 10.5. The lake is famous for its red-colored waters due to the presence of salt-loving organisms and algae.

Lake Natron provides one of the few breeding grounds for the Lesser Flamingo in the world. The lake's caustic environment is perfect for warding off predators, allowing flamingos to breed safely.

Why book with Shah Tours?

Some of the reasons why you should book your Kilimanjaro scenic flight with Shah Tours.

Our fleet of 4x4 Safari Toyota Land cruisers are specially modified in Tanzania for durability for harsh African roads as well as a pop roof for 360o game viewing inside of parks and reserves. Our vehicles are all maintained by our in house mechanic.

An experienced and friendly driver-guide who will accompany you into the bush and offer their wealth of knowledge around our parks, flora and fauna. Your driver-guide becomes like an extended family member on your Tanzania safari trip.

We have a well trained team of travel consultants based in Tanzania who will tailor make each and every safari itinerary custom to your needs and preferences. Our team will work with you to design your dream African safari adventure.

We can cater for all luxury levels from super luxury safari properties, tented camps or permanent lodges and basic camping under the stars. Your preferences and budget will allow us to hand pick ideal overnight stops on your tour.

We prioritize your safety above all else. Our comprehensive safety protocols include first aid-trained guides, emergency response plans, and regular vehicle maintenance checks to ensure your adventure is only thrilling and secure.

We have been a licensed operator of Kilimanjaro climbs since 1984 and have guided tens of thousands to Africa's highest peak. Booking with us means you are booking directly with the operator without any middle man.

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