Overview – This is a unique and active safari experience; a trekking safari provides a welcome break from sitting in a vehicle for days on end. While walking you have the opportunity to stalk wildlife, search for tracks, and mix with indigenous cultures. On our trekking safaris, you will generally move camp every day, which requires a simpler, lighter weight camp. We have designed a special walking safari camp. On this walking trip, we will use Maasai donkeys to transport the camp. You will only need to carry your small day pack with water and personal gear for the day.
Day 1: Arusha National Park:
You will be picked up from your Lodge/Hotel at 9:00 am and drive to Arusha National Park for a game drive with the stunning view of Mt. Meru as a backdrop and unparalleled views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the East African Rift Valley. This is your first safari experience with the lush vegetation, mammal species, and countless birds of an ecosystem. The highland forests around the Ngurdoto crater as well as the slopes of Mt. Meru harbor the rare Black and White Colobus monkey. Arusha National Park is also reputed to have the highest density of giraffes in Africa. In the early evening, we will return to the Lodge/Hotel/Camp and stays for dinner and overnight and get some good sleep for our walking Safari the next day.
Day 2: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater:
Early in the morning after breakfast you will meet your driver-guide and have a briefing about your safari. Thereafter you will be transferred to Ngorongoro Crater with packed lunch. Upon arrival at Ngorongoro Crater, you will descend to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive on the Crater floor. The day will end up by ascending the Crater and drive to Empakai Crater and stays for dinner and overnight at the special Campsite Campsite.
Day 3: Trekking on Empakai Crater:
In the morning after breakfast, you will have a full day of trekking and walking on the crater floor. The walking will be accompanied by an armed ranger. We will explore this unique forested crater on foot, and marvel at the variety of its wildlife and flora that abounds in it. Depending on the arrangement you will have lunch at the campsite or having packed lunch with you on departure. In the late evening, you will have dinner and overnight at the special campsite.
Day 4: Trekking on the Rift Valley Plains:
In the morning after breakfast today, we hook up with Maasai guides for a walk/trek down the Rift Valley escarpment to the Salei plains. Our walking will be escorted by an armed ranger, Maasai guide, and donkeys carrying our luggage. Upon arrival at Salei, you will have dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 5: Trekking Rift Valley / Lake Natron:
We continue with the trek/walk along the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The views over Lake Natron are magnificent. The flamingo colonies from a distance are a splash of dark pink color on the lake. We reach the floor of the Rift valley where we camp for an overnight stay. An early sleep would be preferred going to the next day’s early trek up the Lengai to the summit by sunrise.
Day 6: Trek Oldoinyo Lengai (Mountain of God):
01:00hrs – An early start just after midnight. Start the climb up Mountain Oldoinyo Lengai to reach the summit just in time for the sunrise. Inside the Crater we witness small eruptive cones spurting liquid magma which in turn form pools of hot lava. It is a powerful magical place sacred to the Maasai. We descend to Oldoinyo Lengai base and meet our driver guide who will drive us to Kamakia campsite for hot lunch, shower, and total rest and relaxation. In the evening you will have another shower, dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 7: Oldoinyo Lengai – Longido:
In the morning after breakfast, you will have the chance to visit the waterfalls, walking a safari along the Lake Natron to see how the Maasai women collecting bicarbonate soda for selling into the market. Lake Natron is also popular for its flamingo, pelican and other migratory and resident birdlife more than 350 species have been recorded. In the afternoon after hot lunch at the campsite, you will be driving to Longido village and upon your arrival, you will check-in to the campsite for a shower, dinner, and overnight at Longido Campsite.
Day 8: Longido – Arusha:
In the morning after breakfast, you will have a cultural tour in Longido village whereby you will have some time to learn much about the Maasai culture and their daily activities. How about milking a cow or collecting some firewood and water far away from their homestead. You will have much to learn before having hot lunch at your campsite and a short rest. In the afternoon you will be driving back to Arusha or Moshi for dinner and overnight at the hotel or lodge. Depending on the itinerary you might be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home. Meal(s) plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Safari using affordable Hotel, Lodges or Camps, comparable a 1-2 star Hotel. Accommodation is usually located outside the National Park.
Safari using medium to large – scale Lodges, tented camps or Cottage Camps, comparable to a 3-star Hotel
Luxury – Accommodation
Safari using deluxe tented camps or Lodge usually located inside the National Park and comparable to a 4-star hotel. Accommodation is usually located inside the Park.
Luxury+ – Accommodation
Safari using extremely luxurious tented camps or Lodge, usually located in a private wildlife – Viewing area and comparable to a 5-star Hotel. Expect great food, excellent service, top-quality guiding, and gorgeous tents or rooms. Most luxury + properties charge around USD$ 850 to 1850 per person per night!
All Park entry fees
All Park Camping fees
Pick up from the Airport
Ngorongoro Crater Service fees
Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps/Campsites according to safari program
Meals as per the above itinerary
English speaking driver/guide
Transport 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof
Bottled drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during safari
1-night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bags/Pillow/Chairs & Table/Mosquito net.
Price not includes:
International flights & Domestic flight
Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, and insurance
Tips for staff such as driver cum guides/chef/porter
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
“Please note that all these are sample itineraries. We will tailor-make your safari according to your wish and due to COVID 19 restrictions on travel around the world, it is free to postpone your travel up to 1 year after the original travel date”