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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. The conservation area contains many interesting features such as active volcanoes, mountains, archaeological sites, rolling plains, forests, lakes, dunes, the Ngorongoro Crater and Oldupai Gorge.

The crater is the main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world measuring 610m deep and has an area of 2602 km. It is a microcosm of east African scenery and is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world.

Ngorongoro and Crater Highland Trek

Note: We can only offer these treks, on special request if security conditions allow.

We offer several energetic treks which take us though some of Africa's most magnificent game country, from the cool and partly pressed Ngorongoro Crater to the dry heat of Lake Natron in the valley. The treks include a visit to Lake Manyara park and/or Tarangire Park and/or Serengeti park.

We'll visit the Ngorongoro Crater where we drive across the crater, with time for game viewing, to reach Nainokanoka, a Maasai village lying just below Olmot crater in the heart of the Crater highlands. From here we walk across the Embulbul depressions Bulati on the edge of the Empakai Crater. This is where the main trek to Lake Natron starts. This takes 2 to 3 days, the last day we drop down to the hot Rift Valley floor and drive back the Ngare Sero river where there is a very pleasant campsite.

Several alternatives are then available:

  • To relax at the shady Ngare Sero Campsite and visit Lake Natron
  • To ascend Ol Doinyo Lengai, 2878m (9650ft) an active volcano. This is quite a demanding but unique and outstanding trek.
  • To walk up the Ngare Sero river gorge where the waterfalls and pools are a complete contrast to the hot plains by lake Natron.

On the return journey we drive via Engaruka ruins. There will be some time available to visit this 15th-16th century site composed of seven villages with a complex stone-block irrigation canal and intricate agricultural system.

  • You only need to carry a light day pack with you,
  • You should have a tough pair of walking boots,
  • Sun hat offering neck protection,
  • Sun glasses,
  • Sun cream,
  • Water bottle,
  • Tough trousers or shorts and shirt made of a light material (if wearing shorts take long socks or light canvas gaiters.
  • A walking pole would be a usefully for ascending and descending Ol- Doinyo Lengai.
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