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Empakaai Crater

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I vised this place with my group from Canada. It is really a world wonder. We made a 2 days game drive while taking a rest in one of the lodges closest to the crater. It was nice to view all the big 5 animals.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Afrizonetravelstour
Reviewed June 23, 2019

You will need to arrange for an armed ranger to accompany you. Can be challenging because of altitude, but very beautiful.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Molly T
Reviewed June 7, 2019

If you want to get away from the crowds of Ngorongoro Crater, a short drive (2-ish hours) takes you to the rim of Empakaai Crater. Below, the crater floor is largely taken up by a jade-coloured lake. A half-hour walk and you're at the lakeshore...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DickEbird
Reviewed May 4, 2019

Embakaai Crater is not famous as Ngorongoro Crater but it is my favorite in terms of nature vegetation, more than eighty five percent of the crater floor is covered by a lake which is about 80 meters deep attracting water birds including flamingos while the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Safaris-Holiday
Reviewed February 19, 2019

It was a great nature hike but am not sure it was the best use of time. They were no animals to be seen and the road trip there is yet another really terrible road. The setting is spectacular. I ws told it would take...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 7prataap
Reviewed January 7, 2019

It was just myself (66) and my son (32) with our guide and a ranger. It took us about 40min to descend into the crater and view the flamingos. We did see leopard tracks but no other wildlife. The hike back up only took 45min...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Thomas G
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Undiscribable and a must see the first thing in the morning. Earlier is better to beat the safari vehicles. There is a delay at the gates to get the permit to the crater. Animals are not freely roaming in the sun and heat.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Priya B
Reviewed September 23, 2018

A very interesting hiking at this crater to watch flamingos at the lake. Viewing animals and the flora of the region

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank marcos h
Reviewed September 6, 2018

The hike down the crater took roughly an hour, while the hike back up took about 2 hours. I don’t believe this hike would be for all. A fair degree of fitness would be recommended, especially on the ascent. If in doubt, take your time....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike4n
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We were a group of mostly plus 60 year olds. The hike down actually tool longer than going up since we stopped frequently to look at different sites. The lake is beautiful from any vantage point. The hike back up is not bad if you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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maria1carol
January 17, 2017|
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Response from tanga12345 |
From Moshi to Ngorongoro is about three hrs due to traffic on the road
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BitterrootTraveler
March 6, 2016|
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Response from Jordan D |
We have done several hike to this place, no one had any altitude problem. In case you have altitude issue, best to ascend at a slower pace. Jordan D' Souza / Tanzania Serengeti Adventure
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