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A Walk with Maasai

7 day Tanzania walking tour from $2695

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The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. The best way to experience the highlands is no doubt on foot. Its diverse landscapes consisting of elevated volcanoes and craters, forests and vast grassy plains offers a remarkable experience for those hiking through this area. Hikers will experience first-hand how the Maasai people, who inhabit these highlands and the wildlife, coexist. The 54km journey through the highlands takes us to the edge of the Great Rift Valley where we then descend to the base of the escarpment wall right on the foot of Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai. Known to the Maasai as the “Mountain of God”, Ol Doinyo Lengai is one of the most unique active volcanoes in the world. Our trek ends up on the shores of the beautiful Lake Natron, an alkaline lake which serves as the breeding ground for the Lesser Flamingo.

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Arrive in Tanzania
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to Karatu town near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The transfer takes approximately 31/2 hours so it is highly recommended you arrive with the midday flight at the latest. While at the camp your guide will brief you about your upcoming trek through the highlands. After your briefing you will enjoy your dinner and drinks by the fireplace before retiring for the day to get your much needed rest.
Overnight: Permanent Safari Camp, Meals: D
Olmoti Crater Trek
Your day starts off with a 2 hour drive to Nainokanoka Village where you will be based tonight. During your transfer, if it’s not too foggy, you may get great views of the Ngorongoro Crater from the viewpoint on the edge of the crater rim. You then proceed along the Henry Fosb Rooke road through the dense forest towards Nainokanoka, where you will get to see wildlife such as buffalos and wildebeest. Today you will explore the Olmoti Crater and Munge waterfalls on a 3 hour hike. The Olmoti Crater is a shallow grassy crater where the Munge River originates.
Walk: 9kms, Overnight: mobile camp, Meals: B,L,D
Trek from Nainokanoka Village to Bulati Village
We depart Nainokanoka camp at 0800hrs and commence our trek to Bulati Village. We will pass a few Maasai Bomas on our way. We will have packed lunch half way to Bulati. We cross the Elbulbul depression, a vast grassland with no trees, but many zebras can be seen grazing, wildebeests, raptors due to the many mole rat mounds found in the area. We arrive in Bulati early in the afternoon for rest and refreshments. Late afternoon Maasai Boma visit in the village of Bulati where we will be spending the night.
Walk: 14kms, Overnight: mobile camp, Meals: B,L,D
Trek from Bulati Village to Empakaai Crater
Today you will change environment from temperate grassland to montane forest zone on the crater rim. Plenty of spectacular panoramic views of the landscape. We have packed lunch half way on the trek. In the afternoon you will descend into the crater where you can see lesser flamingos who reside on the crater soda lake. The Caldera is 300m deep and 6kms wide. The trek is roughly 45 minutes down and an hours walk back up. Today we will be camping right on the rim of the Empakaai crater.
Walk: 14kms, Overnight: mobile camp, Meals: B,L,D
Trek from Empakaai Crater to Acacia
After breakfast we walk a short way around the Empakaai crater to stretch our legs and get some good panoramic photos of the caldera. The first half of the trek is to Nayobi village where you will stop for lunch. From Nayobi we head down to Acacia Campsite. You will head out on a late afternoon walk to view the surrounding area and to take photos of the majestic Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai, which is a Maasai name for “Mountain of God”. This mountain is unique amongst geologists because it is the only active volcano on Earth that erupts with a carbonatite, a type of igneous rock rich in carbonates such as calcite and dolomite.
Walk: 11 kms, Overnight: mobile camp, Meals: B,L,D
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Acacia trek to Kamakia Campsite Lake Natron
We finish off our last day of trekking with a very early start from Acacia. The terrain is very dry and recently covered by ash from the 2008 Oldoinyo Lengai eruption. We maximize our trek in the early hours of the day to avoid the late morning sun intensity and heat. We descend the Rift Valley Escarpment, via Pembe ya Swala to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai. At the base we are picked up by our vehicles and transferred to our camp in Lake Natron for Lunch. Late afternoon excursion to Lake Natron shores to view the Lesser Flamingos in their breeding habitat or for the fitter ones a hike up to the Engare Sero waterfalls.
Walk: 15kms, Overnight: Permanent Safari Camp, Meals: B,L,D
Depart Tanzania (safari perhaps)
After breakfast an early morning transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Arusha for optional shopping (if time allows) for your onward flight back home.
Meals: B,L
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7 days / 6 nights
Fun: Walking
Sleep: Classic
Level: B

Rolling terrain through open savanna (grasslands)

Total: 63 km
Daily Avg: 13 km

Tour meets and ends in Arusha, Tanzania (JCO)

Small lodges and mobile safari camps    

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What’s Included:
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks*
  • Dinners featuring local cuisine*
  • Safari Camps (equipment provided)
  • Support staff and vehicle transfers
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • National Park and village fees
  • 6 liters of water per day
  • AMREF Flying Doctor Toursi Cover
*as noted in itinerary

What’s Not:
  • Airfare to/from Tanzania
  • Gratuities for Guides and Crew
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees or service
  • Internet, laundry, phone services

Scheduled Dates

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  • Single room: $675
  • Airport pick up: free

Go When You Want

When To Go? Tour is available June through February. June through October is the best time cooler and dry. November through February is the short rains, but still ok for cycling.

Book Private Trip

Just the two of you with only 2 persons
  • Single room: $675
  • Airport pick up: free
Bring the family 3 to 5 persons
  • Single room: $675
  • Airport pick up: free
The gang’s all here 6 or more persons
  • Single room: $675
  • Airport pick up: free
* All prices are per person in US Dollars. Seasonal supplements may apply on private trips.
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