This challenging trek has it all: wild, remote African scenery, amazing wildlife and the fascinating culture of the Masai!
We trek through the Crater Highland and Rift Valley landscapes of Tanzania, witnessing the traditional Masai way of life as the tribesmen tend their cattle in this spectacular region, most of which is a conservation area.
The scenery is magnificent, with rolling green grasslands and acacia forests surrounded by jagged volcanic peaks. We trek to the summit of Empakaai Crater and explore its crater lake, home to many birds. A safari in Lake Manyara National Park celebrates our achievement, where we can see wildlife such as lion, zebra, giraffe and elephant.
|Day 1||Depart London for Tanzania|
|Day 2||Arrive Tanzania; transfer to Arusha|
|Day 3||Drive to Nainokanoka (2847m); half-day acclimatisation trek to Olmoti Crater|
|Day 4||Trek through grasslands dotted with Masai bomas and herdsmen at work; look out for zebra and gazelles|
|Day 5||A strenuous trek up impressive Empakaai Crater (3000m); explore soda lake and wildlife; camp on the crater rim|
|Day 6||Continue round the crater rim, trek north through acacia trees; magnificent views of active volcano Oldoinya Lengai|
|Day 7||Descend the Rift Valley escarpment to the valley floor; long day downhill|
|Day 8||Early start to view flamingoes on Lake Natron; transfer via Engaruka ruins to Lake Manyara National Park|
|Day 9||Early morning safari to see Lake Manyara’s famous lions and other wildlife; transfer to Arusha|
|Day 10||Depart Tanzania|
|Day 11||Arrive London|