8 Days / 7 Nights – Trekking Mt Oldoinyo Lengai – Walking Safari

Lake Natron is situated in the north of the Ngorongoro Highlands; to the south is the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai and to the west, is the edge of the Serengeti National Park.

The journey is a long but beautiful passage through dramatic, harsh territory. Making this an outstanding destination for walking safaris. Walking in the African Bush with Maasai Warriors as you guides is a unique opportunity for spectacular game viewing combined with the prospect to experience cultural encounters amongst the Maasai, Datoga, and nomadic Bushmen.

Lake Natron is a soda lake at the base of the active Ol Donyo Lengai volcano, the area around the lake is often described as having a deserted and almost lunar beauty. Walks around the lake and up along the side of the streams to the waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make for a fantastic adventure that is well and truly “off the beaten track”.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Upon arrival you in Kilimanjaro International Airport you will meet our representative and transfer you to the hotel in Moshi for an overnight. Your accommodation will be at Key's Annex hotel or Buffalo Hotel.

Meal(s) plan: No

Day 2: Moshi / Ngorongoro Crater / Empakai Crater

Early in the morning after breakfast you will meet your driver guide and have briefing about your safari. Thereafter you will be transferred to Ngorongoro Crater with packed lunch. Upon arrival to Ngorongoro Crater you will descend to Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive at the crater floor. The day will end up by ascending the crater and drive to Empakai Crater campsite for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Trekking on Empakai Crater

In the morning after breakfast you will have a full day of trekking and walking in the crater floor. The walking will be accompanied by an armed ranger. We will explore this unique forested crater on foot, and marvel at the variety of its wildlife and flora that abounds in it. Depending with arrangement you will have lunch the campsite or having packed lunch with you on departure. In the late evening you will have dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Trekking on the Rift Valley / Salei Plains

In the morning after breakfast today, we hook up with Maasai guides for a walk/trek down the Rift Valley escarpment to the Salei plains. Our walking will be escorted by an armed ranger, Maasai guide and donkeys carrying our luggage. Upon arrive at Salei you will have dinner and overnight at campsite.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Trekking Rift Valley / Lake Natron

We continue with the trek/walk along the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The views over Lake Natron are magnificent. The flamingo colonies from a distance are a splash of dark pink colour on the lake. We reach the floor of the Rift valley where we camp for an overnight stay. An early sleep would be preferred owing to the next day's early trek up the Lengai to summit by sunrise.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Trek Oldoinyo Lengai

01:00hrs - An early start just after mid night. Start the climb up Mountain Oldoinyo Lengai to reach the summit just in time for the sunrise. Inside the crater we witness small eruptive cones spurting liquid magma which in turn form pools of hot lava. It is a powerful magical place sacred to the Maasai. We descend to Oldoinyo Lengai base and meet our drive guide who will drive us to Kamakia campsite for hot lunch, shower and a total rest and relaxation. In the evening you will have another shower, .

Meal(s) plan: dinner and overnight at the campsite

Day 7: Oldoinyo Lengai / Longido

In the morning after breakfast you will have chance to visit the waterfalls, walking safari along the Lake Natron to see how the Maasai women collecting bicarbonate soda for selling into the market. Lake Natron is also popular for its flamingo, pelican and other migratory and resident birdlife more than 350 species have been recorded. In the afternoon after hot lunch at the campsite you will be driving to Longido village and upon your arrival you will check-in to the campsite for shower, dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Longido / Arusha or Moshi

In the morning after breakfast you will have a cultural tour in Longido village whereby you will have sometime to learn much about the Maasai culture and their daily activities. How about milking a cow or collecting some firewood and water far away from their homestead. You will have much to learn before having hot lunch at your campsite and a short rest. In the afternoon you will be driving back to Arusha or Moshi for dinner and overnight at the hotel or lodge. Depending with the itinerary you might be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Meal(s) plan: Breakfast and Lunch

English speaking park ranger and administration
Professional English speaking guide
Personal porter
Climbing according to travel plan
Meals according to travel plan
Overnight stays in mountain huts
All national park fees and rescue fees

Meals and snacks which are not mentioned in the travel plan
Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, fanta etc.)
Tips
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.