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2 day hike from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron

A scenic hike from Empakaai crater in Ngorongoro highlands to Lake Natron!

Important details

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price: on request
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The hike from the Ngorongoro Sanctuary to Lake Natron begins this morning. Your guide will pick you up at the camp in Ngorongoro and take you to the Empakaai crater where you will meet the Park Ranger and Maasai who will accompany you during this tour. Your luggage is loaded onto donkeys and you’re ready to go! If you arrive early, you have the opportunity to first descend to the bottom of the Empakaai crater. Perhaps you will see the first flamingos here.

Accompanied by the Maasai, the hike towards Lake Natron begins. You will pass isolated Maasai villages, but you can mostly enjoy the silence and seclusion of the wonderful landscape and nature. Lunch is either eaten en route in the form of a picnic or in the camp that has already been set up in the meantime. In the late afternoon, it is advisable to reach a nearby lookout point where a breathtaking sunset awaits you. You will spend the night in a tent that the Maasai will set up for you.

You can also decide to make a detour to the Ol Doinyo volcano, which is located in the south of Lake Natron. It is an active volcano, a sacred site for the Maasai, that you can climb at night. Ol Doinyo is the only active volcano in the world that produces carbonatite lava. However, the ascent is not safe and we do not take any responsibility for it.

The next day you reach the East African rift valley and you continue straight to Lake Natron to watch the flamingos on the lakefront.

Hike from Empakaai crater to Lake Natron

Ngorongoro Area