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Empakaai Crater

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Must see on the Safari

Undiscribable and a must see the first thing in the morning. Earlier is better to beat the safari... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Priya B
Toronto, Canada
Hiking for flamingos

A very interesting hiking at this crater to watch flamingos at the lake. Viewing animals and the... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
marcos h
Sao Paulo, SP
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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
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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
Thank stonestacker52
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Accompanied by a Masai guide, provided by our camp, and a security guard in case of wild animals. (not seen) 50 mins clamber down with several stops for photographs. 50 mins up again with a couple of stops to catch our breath. Down the bottom...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank carolparkin
Reviewed April 6, 2018

We hiked down to the lake at the bottom of this crater - although it is usually covered with flamingos on our visit they were gone on their migration. We enjoyed the enormous fiscus trees [like Bonzai] and wonderful flowers everywhere. The lake is special...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Diane F
Reviewed March 15, 2018

I have read a good number of reviews here which give the hike to the crater floor rave reviews so it just proves that there's something in Africa for everybody. We were a group of seniors on a 10-day Safari and had this outing in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

On a recent 15 day safari in Tanzania, my group got out of the Land Cruiser for a hike in Empakaai Crater. Safaris are wonderful opportunities to view spectacular wildlife, but we were a group of hikers. Many of the sites we visited don't allow...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Lynne V
Reviewed December 21, 2017

We're always on the look out for walking/hiking opportunities when on vacation and Travel For Change Africa suggested we take a ranger-led tour at Empakaai Crater. We arrived a bit late, so our walk was shorter than planned, but it was great to walk down...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Cima168
Reviewed November 24, 2017

This is a picturesque place, the view from the rim is stunning, the pink edge of the lake is thousands of Flamingos. The hike down and back is on the same path and is steep but not a problem for any reasonable fit individual that...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Lee Ann Z
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March 6, 2016|
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