6 Days Walking safari Lake Natron

Day 1 Arusha via CNCA to Olmoti Crater

Early in the morning drive from Arusha driving through Ngorongoro to Olmoti crater base camp near Nainokanoka village. The Crater floor has different streams which through the Munge waterfalls fill Lake Magadi in the Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater’s floor is inhabited by some mammals like the Bohor Reedbuck, Buffalo and Eland. Among the plants found at the Crater’s slopes are Giant St John’s Wort and Hygenia trees. Nectar feeding birds can be observed at this area, such as Golden-winged and the Eastern Double Collared Sunbird, Malachite and the Mountain Green bul.

Day 2 Olmoti Crater to Empakaai Crater

After breakfast leave Olmoti and trekking towards to Empakaai Crater, the camp is set on the rim. The superb but relatively obscure Empakaai Crater lies some 40km north-east of Tanzania’s famous Ngorongoro Crater. This extraordinary caldera (collapsed volcano) consists of a ring of cliffs encircling, some 300m below, a Salt Lake around 6km across. The walk down will take around half an hour.  Allow at least an hour on the floor – it takes around 4 hours to walk round the lake.  It will take 45mins to 1 hr. back up the steep path. Other than the proximity of the flamingoes, the shoreline is perhaps a tiny bit disappointing after the views from above. The salt crust by the lake is too flimsy to let you get near the water. The tough short grass is a bit depressed. The far shore can look very distant and the hillsides a bit hazy.  But it is nonetheless a remarkable place that is worth visiting for walking with beautiful scenery and magnificent horizons.

Day 3 Empakaai Camp

Acacia Tree Camp, venture on through the African plains. Today we will walk for approximately 5 hours before relaxing at our Acacia Tree Camp – to Lake Natron, our next destination. The camp will set on the ridge between rift valley walls. The best view spotting Oldonyo Lengai peak. Stay night at Acacia camp.

Day 4 Acacia to Lake Natron camp

Early morning leave acacia camp, hike down through rift valley, on ridges from Oldonyo Lengai Mountain to the savannah landscape of Lake Natron, Oldoinyo Lengai‚   means The Mountain of God, in the Maasai language. The summit of  this strato-volcano is 2962 meters above sea level, and affords  direct views into the caldera of Tanzania‚ only officially-certified  active volcano, and the world only carbonate volcano; records of  eruptions have been maintained since 1883, the largest of which  deposited ash  100 kilometers away in Loliondo on the Kenyan border to the north  west. Recent volcanic activity began on 12th July 2007 with daily tremors in Kenya and Tanzania, the strongest of which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale. The mountain finally erupted on September 4, 2007, sending a plume of ash and steam at least 18 kilometers downwind and covering the north and west flanks in fresh lava flows. The eruption continued intermittently into 2008, with a major outburst taking place on March 5 2008, and smaller eruptions on 8and 17 April 2008; activity continued until late August 2008. A visit to the summit of Oldonyo Lengai in June 2014 revealed extensive crack development across the summit, accompanied by significant gaseous release.

Day 5  Full day Lake Natron

Early morning ascend Oldonyo Lengai

Mountain and in the late afternoon visit Lake Natron or a walk to the water falls.

Day 6 Lake Natron to Arusha

Early morning drive to Lake Natron and early noon depart back to Arusha. Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in the Arusha Region of northern Tanzania. The lake is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift which is the eastern branch of the East African rift valley, The Lake is fed principally by the Eswaro Ngiro River which rises in central Kenya. The lake is the only regular breeding area for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes, whose status of near threatened results from their dependence on this one location. Also, the lake can support more nests. These flamingoes, the single large flock in East Africa, gather along nearby saline lakes to feed on blue – green algae with red pigments. The lake has inspired the poetic nature documentary for its close relationship with the lesser flamingoes as their only regular breeding area. Proceed to Arusha.

Includes

All meals
Accommodations in Tents
All Park fees, camping fee and village fees, Oldonyo Lengai fees, camp site fees Ranger fees, guide and crew salary Water Donkeys fees

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