Experience the wonders of Tanzania with authentic Maasai!
Day 1 Arusha – Karatu– Ngorongoro-Empakai
In the morning, your driver will pick you up from your hotel with your lunch box and you will travel on a good tarmac road to the village of Mto wa Mbu with the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley towering up ahead. From a viewpoint above the town you will see the Maasai plains stretch to the horizon with the alkaline Lake Manyara down below. A short drive further and you will reach the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The journey continues along the scenic crater road, to the Ngorongoro crater. In this day you will descend into over 600 meters for animal viewing tour then after you will be taken to Empakai area foe dinner and overnight. Dinner will be served at the camp. Depending on the time of year, it might be cold (the camp is at an altitude of 2,650 m).
; Dinner and overnight at Acacia campsite
Day 2 Empakai Crater – Acacia Camp
In the early morning your Maasai guide will arrive with his donkeys. After breakfast and loading the donkeys, the journey begins and you will pass many traditional Maasai bomas and cattle herds. Today you will hike to the Maasai village, Naiyobi and following a good path, the village as well as Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano, can be seen from a distance. After lunch in Naiyobi, the trek leaves the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the landscape becomes drier and warm. Tonight’s camp will be set up at amongst an acacia forest.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Acacia Camp – Engare Sero
The last stage of the journey is not too long and it goes mainly downhill. The highlights of the trek are the great views of Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Natron and the Rift Valley. The rugged countryside looks almost surreal covered by grey ash of the last eruption in 2007. The trek descends down into the dry and hot Rift Valley, where the ash can be seen up close. Around lunchtime you will reach the waiting vehicle you will be taken to worldview campsite for lunch and shower.
Day 4 Lake Natron-Arusha or Serengeti
After early breakfast, your guide will take you to maasai village, expect to be greeted in the traditional manner: plenty of singing and dancing, with participation very much encouraged! There is then some opportunity to learn some of the customary practices such as fire making and beadwork. Then return to the camp for lunch to be followed by packing for departure to Arusha town.
- Ngorongoro Highlands trekking according to the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Professional, English-speaking safari cook
- Masai guide and donkeys
- Overnight stays in safari tents and mountain tents
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water
- All national park fees
- All mentioned transfers