Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

In the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCA), there are some great opportunities for breaking up a vehicle-based safari and stretching your legs. The stunning but relatively unknown Empakaai Crater lies some 40km north-east of its famous neighbour, the Ngorongoro Crater.

From the moment you arrive at Empakaai, you will be treated to splendid views of the Empakaai Crater as well as a glimpse of Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s most active volcano. Then, accompanied by an experienced guide and a NCA ranger, you’ll begin the 30–45 minute descent into the crater through thick, mountainous forest. Down on the crater floor, there’s superb birding around the lake, and the chance to see flamingos as well as some big game like buffalo, hyena and elephant.

A reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy shoes are advisable.

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