5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari. This 5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari is an adventure Tanzania safari package to book for an experience of not only the Tanzania wildlife game viewing but also summiting the Ol Doinyo Lengai and walking the Empakai whilst enjoying scenic views. This 5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari starts and ends in Arusha, but can be customized as per your schedule, say, to include Lake Manyara National Park or even the much sought after Serengeti National Park Tanzania.

5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Day 1: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Game Drive and Walking Safari

You shall be met by your driver guide at the airport or hotel of stay in Arusha, and be briefed about your safari. Thereafter, you shall proceed for a transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Crater from where you shall enjoy a game drive in the park as well as a walking safari where you shall get an opportunity to come up close with various animals in the park, in the guidance of a ranger guide. Enjoy amazing views of the crater rim.

You will return to your lodge after the walking safari for dinner and an overnight stay. 

Accommodation: Hhando Coffee Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Morning Ngorongoro Crater Drive, Empakai Crater Walk

After breakfast at your lodge of stay, you shall embark on a descent of the crater on a game drive around the Ngorongoro Crater in search for wildlife species at the crater like eland, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, buffalos, and elephants among others. You will also enjoy the beautiful views around the crater and also look out for flamingos along the shores of Lake Magadi.

Have your picnic lunch at the rim of the crater. At 2:00 descend to the Crater Lake. You can walk around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery with flamingos at the shore of the lake. Animals like monkeys and bushbuck can be spotted sometimes. Ascend to rim of the crater before 6:00 pm. The walking is approximately 1 hour one way.

*Walking time: 2 hours maximum

Distance: approximately 5km* 

Accommodation: Public Camp

5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Empakai Crater

Day 3: Empakai to Acacia

7:30 am after your breakfast, load the donkeys and start your walking to Empakai bush camp through Naiyobi Maasai village. On this day you can have a beautiful view of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, Lake Natron, the rift valley escarpment and Maasai village. Have your picnic lunch at Acacia camp or any suitable place recommended by your walking guide.

Walking time: 5 hours

Distance: 17 km* 

Accommodation: Acacia Camp

Day 4: Drive to Lake Natron Area, Ol Doinyo Lengai Ascent

Enjoy breakfast at the camp. After, proceed to Lake Natron. Get to plant a tree to compensate for your Carbon Footprint. Plant a moringa tree and return to the lodge and relax. Lunch and dinner will be at the lodge.

The climb of this active volcano takes place at night. Departure from the camp is around 11 pm. You will start climbing around midnight, and so will be at the top around 5am. You can rest while waiting for the beautiful sunrise to finally admire the wide plain of Serengeti that will stretch in front of you.

The descent must be done before it gets too hot, because the sun heats up very quickly the slopes composed of volcanic ash. The round trip takes 10-11 hours.

Accommodation: Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Descent, Departure

You will descend and return to the lodge at approximately 11am. Freshen up, enjoy a late breakfast. Thereafter, check out and with a packed lunch proceed on a transfer back to Arusha, with a drop off at the airport or hotel of stay in Arusha. This brings your safari to an end.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

End of 5 Days Ol Doinyo Lengai Hike, Empakai Walk and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Safari Price Includes;

  • Hiking fees
  • Park entrance fees
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation
  • Transportation on a safari land cruiser
  • Meals on the safari
  • Drinking water

Safari Excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Additional accommodation before and after the safari
  • Personal expenses like laundry, travel insurance, souvenirs, beverages, etc.
  • Tips
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