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“the only disappointment of a fabulous safari” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Empakaai Crater

Empakaai Crater
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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“the only disappointment of a fabulous safari”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I agree with the original poster. The walk itself is pretty easy and quick, and the drive out there took way longer than the actual walk! I would definitely give it a pass.

Visited December 2011
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“Ask what to expect before you go on the hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

We did an Empakaai Crater hike as part of a safari and overall, it was disappointing. The drive there was interesting with the Masaai villages, but the hike itself was not what I expected.

We walked down with the Ranger, he said we had "5 minutes" to look around and then we walked back up. Had there been thousands of flamingos on the lake, or if we'd circled the lake hiking, it might have been a better experience. But as it was, we went down, then up and were back to our hotel in time for lunch with nothing to do for the rest of the day. The hike itself was okay, but really not that interesting. It's steep going back up, but doesn't take long.

Be sure to ask the Ranger and/or your safari operator what you will be doing on the hike before you devote time for this.

Visited March 2012
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“A wonderful hike with the Massai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We hiked down to the crater lake at Empakkai with a local Massai guide and a mule train. It was a challenging hike but very beautiful. You hike down through the jungle until you reach the lake full of pink flamingoes. We saw some giant leopard tracks in the mud. We spent the night camped in tents on the crater rim. A good experience.

Visited December 2011
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