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Empakaai Crater and Lake Natron Trekking

Tour Overview

Empakaai Crater: Empakaai Crater is a relatively small, but breathtaking, caldera that measures approximately six kilometers (3.7 miles) across. It is home to a soda lake that covers about three-quarters of the crater floor, as well as a lush forest that is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species.

Lake Natron: Lake Natron is a shallow, alkaline lake located in the Rift Valley of northern Tanzania. The lake is known for its bright pink color, which is caused by the presence of cyanobacteria and other microorganisms. It is also home to a large population of flamingos, which come to the lake to feed on the algae that grow in the shallow waters.

Visitors to Lake Natron can enjoy a guided nature walk around the lake, where they can take in the stunning scenery and see the famous flamingos up close. The lake is also a popular spot for birdwatching, with more than 400 species of birds recorded in the area.

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Stop at the viewpoint for a panoramic view of the crater
  • Continue driving to Empakaai Crater
  • Enjoy a guided nature walk around the crater, which is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species
  • Set up camp at the Empakaai campsite and enjoy dinner under the stars
  • After breakfast, start hiking towards Acacia Campsite with donkeys to carry your camping equipment and supplies
  • The trek is approximately 6-7 hours, with stunning views of the Rift Valley and Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in the distance
  • Upon arrival at Acacia Campsite, set up camp and enjoy dinner around the campfire
  • After breakfast, continue hiking towards Lake Natron
  • The trek is approximately 4-5 hours and takes you through traditional Maasai villages and stunning landscapes
  • Upon arrival at Lake Natron, take a refreshing dip in the lake or relax at your campsite
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a guided nature walk to see the famous flamingos that inhabit the lake
  • Set up camp at the Lake Natron campsite and enjoy dinner under the stars
  • After breakfast, pack up camp and drive back to Arusha
  • On the way, stop at the Maasai market in Mto wa Mbu to purchase souvenirs and crafts
  • Drop off at your hotel in Arusha or transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward journey.


  • Accommodation during the safari on Full Board basis
  • Ground transportation in 4×4 Land Cruisers BOTH in Kenya & Tanzania
  • Complimentary 1 Litter bottled mineral water per person per day on safari
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transport on private basis
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Meet-and-greet services
  • Airport transfers


  • All international air transportation
  • Any domestic flights unless specified above
  • Visa fees
  • Any item (s) of personal nature i.e. tobacco, porterage and laundry

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