Day Trip Hike Empakai Crater



There are some fantastic options for breaking up a vehicle-based safari and stretching your legs in the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCA). The spectacular but little-known Empakaai Crater is located 40 kilometers north-east of the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
You will be treated to spectacular views of the Empakaai Crater as well as a peek of Tanzania’s most active volcano, Oldoinyo Lengai, from the time you arrive at Empakaai. Then, with the help of an experienced guide and an NCA ranger, you’ll begin the 30–45-minute descent into the crater through dense, mountainous forest. There’s great birding surrounding the lake on the crater floor, and there’s an opportunity to see flamingos as well as large game like buffalo, hyena, and elephant.

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The dramatic Empakai Crater is explored on this full-day hike. Empakai is a vast natural beauty, with a lake on the Crater floor and the entire caldera surrounded by a steep, densely forested wall. On clear days, the Crater provides views of Tanzania’s most recently active volcano, ”Ol Doinyo Lengai”. The steep slope necessitates some physical exertion, but the walk through the lush forest, with its ancient strangler figs and various birdlife, is well worth the effort. The trail continues to the lakeshore, where you can see flamingos and other water birds.

Empakaai Crater is a 300-metre-high caved-in volcanic caldera with a width of more than six kilometers. Empakaai Lake, an 85-metre-deep alkaline pool that envelops three-quarters of the crater’s floor, is rippling at its heart. Standing on the imposing rim of Empakai Crater, you can see landmarks such as Kilimanjaro’s distant fleecy snows on the Valley’s eastern side, the Great Rift Valley, and Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano.

While hiking through the beautiful scenery, you’re bound to see blue monkeys, buffalo, bush bucks, water bucks, and a huge number of kaleidoscopic bird life. This will be accompanied by lunch during your hike.

| Included

In the Price
  • Lunch and Water during hiking
  • Road transportation in 4wd safari vehicle
  • Game drives as per the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees, hiking fees and ranger fee
  • English Speaking driver guide for the safari

| Excluded

In the Price
  • Visit Masai Cultural Village- payments direct
  • All International Flights/local Flights + Taxes
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Excursions, services, and activities not mentioned in this program
  • Personal expenses e.g laundry, Drinks
  • Accommodation before & the end of the tour (unless mentioned otherwise)