Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Admire the views from the rim of Empakaai Crater, whose lake draws waterfowl such as flamingoes and pelicans. Hike down the sides of the forested cliffs, where a well-maintained trail provides plenty of bird-watching and wildlife spotting--including hyenas, blue monkeys, and elephants. The trek down to the shore takes about 30 minutes, and twice that to ascend again. You can also walk around the lake, which takes about four hours. Note that hiking here requires you to hire an armed ranger first--do so at the ranger post in Nainokanoka. PutEmpakaai Crater into our Ngorongoro Conservation Area road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Absolutely wonderful ! The crater was only for us 2, with the ranger and the driver. 3 hours of pure happiness. The road to empakaai crosses Masai land, where some 80000 Masais live, ... something...  more »
  • My husband, 25 year old daughter and me hiked down to the crater. We were accompanied by an armed ranger because sometimes there are wildlife encounters along the trail. This was described a a walk...  more »
  • Here is still beutiful land ,the landscape ,crater itself
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