4 days from £1960pp plus international flights.
This trek takes you into the remote Ngorongoro Highlands where you'll see stunning scenery, including one of the country's youngest and most active volcanoes, flamingo-filled crater lakes and Maasai tending their livestock and going about their daily lives.
Each day will show you different aspects of this little-visited part of Tanzania. You'll pass through the Great Rift Valley enroute to the highlands to begin the trek at Empakai Crater. You'll be walking through forest, providing welcome shade, to the emerald green lake. The next day you'll enjoy fabulous views from the crater rim before descending into meadowland where you'll witness scenes of the Maasai pastoral lifestyle. On the third day the scenery become more arid as you follow a traditional trade route to the foot on Oldonyo Lengai, from where you'll be driven to the shores of Lake Natron.
This is off the beaten track, so you won't find any lodges on the route, which is part of its charm. Instead you'll be staying in private campsites, where you'll have a dome tent with a mattress, sleeping bag and fleece liner. The first and last campsites include a shower tent with hot water on request, while the middle site is a flycamp with a more limited water, but you'll have access to a basin with warm water for washing. In all three camps you'll be attended by an experienced team who'll take care of all the chores, though you're welcome to help if you want! Your day will start with a nourishing breakfast and end with a scrummy dinner eaten by lamplight out in the African bush.
This trek can be taken on its own, but might be best as part of a longer itinerary, combining well with a traditional safari or with time on the coast, giving an extra, and special, dimension to your holiday.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1960 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: £1930 in low season (March-June, Oct-15 Dec) and £2045 in high season (Jan, Feb, July-Sept, 16-31 Dec).
Transport from Arusha to Empakai campsite, from Lengai to Acacia private campsite and from Lake Natron private campsite to Arusha, using a private vehicle; twin share accommodation in dome tents with mattresses, sleeping bags, fleece liners and towels; toilet tent at all 3 camps; shower tents at 2 Empakai and Lake Natron campsites; wash basins at Acacia campsite; dining tent at all campsites; meals as specified; 2 litres of bottled drinking water per person per day; park fees.
International flights and taxes; visas; vaccinations; travel insurance; tips; accommodation in Arusha.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Arusha. Return flights from the UK will cost from around £700 per person, depending on season and availability. We'll be happy to book flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice.
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Time: GMT +3 hours
Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.
Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania's official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.
Visas: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Health: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.