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 the 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 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.

Start time: The trip can start in the morning or afternoon.

Duration of excursion: The walk itself lasts 2–3 hours. The drive to the start will vary depending on where you’re staying. A reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy shoes are advisable.

Meals included: You could either bring a packed lunch or enjoy lunch at your accommodation.

Guide: The walk will be led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied by a park ranger.

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