Crater Rim Walk

Crater Rim Walk

Marvel at the spectacular views down into the mighty Ngorongoro Crater on this walk to a seldom-visited section of the Crater rim – and watch out for any number of forest birds, animals and indigenous plants.

The Details

After driving to a scenic and remote trailhead, your walk along the Crater rim will take you through gorgeous foliage, past colourful wild flowers and lush trees unique to the Ngorongoro Highlands. The walk is particularly rewarding for montane forest birds, including the olive sunbird, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, and European roller that we spotted. You could also – as we did – come across larger fauna; such as giraffe, zebra and elephant (which is why you are accompanied by an armed ranger at all times).

As we walked up the steady incline, our guide told us about the traditional medicinal uses of the various plants, as well as pointing out animal tracks and scat. We saw fairly fresh evidence of leopard, which certainly adds a sense of excitement when travelling on foot!

The highlight, however, has to be the mesmerising panoramic views down into the Crater. This is a seldom-visited area with priceless views and some excellent photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera.

Depending on the time of day, you’ll make your way back to your camp in time for lunch, or a sundowner drink around the fire.

Start location/time: You will be collected from your camp in the morning or afternoon, and driven to the trailhead.

Duration of excursion: The walk itself lasts around two hours, with the drive from/to your accommodation varying according to the location.

What to expect: The walk is on uneven ground and through scrubby bush, but is not hugely strenuous, so only moderate fitness levels are required. Depending on the time of day, it can be quite warm.

What to take While walking boots may not be necessary, good sturdy shoes are advisable, along with sun protection, plenty of water – and, of course, a camera.

End location: You will be driven back to your camp after your walk.

Maximum size of group: This will be either a private walk or a small group walk, shared with other guests staying at the same camp. Please let us know if you would like your walk to be private.

Meals included: You will typically have lunch at your accommodation before or after the walk, depending on timings.

Guide: The walk will be led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied by an armed park ranger, as you may come across large and sometimes dangerous animals.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.