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trek Maasai

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart London

We take a day flight from London to Nairobi before transferring onto a short flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.

 

Meals: Dependent on flight schedule

DAY 2

Arrive Tanzania

We arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in the early morning (look out for stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro from the left hand side of the plane!). Upon touching down in Tanzania and clearing customs we transfer to our accommodation in Karatu close to the park entrance of the Ngorangoro National Park. After lunch, the afternoon is free to rest and recover before meeting up for an introductory briefing and welcome dinner. It’s here that we’ll meet the local team and learn more about the challenge ahead.

 

Meals: L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Nainokanoka - 8 km

Today we have what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the whole challenge, we enter into the Ngorongoro Crater National Park to see the wildlife that Tanzania is so famous for and of which it is justly proud. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area will be our home for the next week amongst the world famous Maasai people. To get to the start of our trek we have a safari through the Ngorongoro crater which offers some of Africa’s best game viewing. After a picnic lunch we make our way to Nainokanoka where we start our five day trek with a climb into the Olmoti Crater. Once back at camp we have dinner and a visit to the local Maasai village.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 4

Empakaai Crater - 25 km

Today we have the longest day of the challenge as we trek 25km from Nainokanoka down into the Embulbul Depression and then up again to the Empakaai crater rim. We trek across the vastgrazing lands of the Maasai livestock, that live side by side with wild African game. Tonight we camp on the lip of the Empakaai crater.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 5

Enayobi Maasai Village - 13 km

This morning we trek through lush forest vegetation until we reach the lake shores, where we see thousands of pink flamingos. After a good rest we make our way back out of the crater and have an early lunch at camp before we continue on our way to one of the highlights of the challenge, the Maasai village of Enayobi. We should reach here mid afternoon giving us enough time to visit the village school and see a little of how the Maasai live. Tonight we have a bbq of maasai meats and enjoy a great evening amongst these amazing people.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 6

Lengai Volcano - 16 km

Our trek today is all downhill through beautiful Acacia forests that eventually bring us to the base of Lengai volcano. Here, we take in the stunning scenery for before having dinner together and retiring for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Lake Natron - 14 km

We wake to the sun rising over the great Oldonyo Lengai volcano. This volcano is active and we should be able to see the hot steam geysers and molten lava escaping from the top. After a good breakfast we and then head north to Lake Natron for our final walk. It is not possible to swim in Lake Natron but there is a nearby waterfall that we can visit to wash away all tiredness. We have dinner and collapse into bed after an unforgettable day.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 8

Arusha

After breakfast we start the long transfer from Lake Natron back towards Arusha stopping for lunch in a traditional village. This evening we enjoy our celebration dinner and party!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 9

Departure

We have most of today free to explore Arusha, buy last minute souvenirs or simply catch up on precious sleep. We transfer to the airport in the afternoon for our flights back to the UK.

 

Meals: B

DAY 10

Arrive UK

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