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Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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Lovely hike with refreshing views!

We had taken an armed ranger with us for this hike and it took us about 45-50mins to ascend and similar time to ascend.. We did not pay much attention to looking around for the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had taken an armed ranger with us for this hike and it took us about 45-50mins to ascend and similar time to ascend.. We did not pay much attention to looking around for the lake when descending as we were surrounded by thick foliage but that created a greater mystery as to what we were in for! A very... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

A must!!! A 30 minutes descend and 1 to 1.5 hours of steep walk up the crater but what a view! A 3 hours break from the sit down safari drive games...

2 Thank Ymym65
Tel Aviv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

You will not see animals here but you will see beautiful nature and this is your chance to do some not too difficult hiking. Maybe not for small kids but my teens loved it.

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Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

If you visit during the flamingo migration months (August - Sept), you will be treated to approximately 1 million flamingos in the lake at the bottom of the crater - so many that the lake will appear pink from the ridge above. If you visit in February as we did, only a dozen or so flamingos were there to greet... More 

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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

What a magical, mystical place. Well worth the long drive and hike down into the crater. Although we didn't see much wildlife, the isolation, tranquility and view was spectacular. It can be a bit tough hiking back out so take it easy and pack lots of water. A real highlight of our trip.

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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270 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is one of the rare chances to break a driving routine and do a 'walking safari'. It was a very welcome opportunity to get out of the car and walk for a few hours. You are escorted by an armed ranger, who also doubles as a guide, which is rather interesting experience. The place is magically beautiful, and you... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

My wife really wanted to see some Flamingos and hike Empakaai Crater. I was not that excited about it before going, but I am sure glad we went. We hired(tipped) a Tanzanian Ranger at the North Ngorongoro gate to come with us to Empakaai. In theory you are supposed to have a Ranger with you who is armed if you... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is a tough walk, not for the unfit. The steep 2.50 KMs down has lots of different view over the alkaline lake and thousands of Greater and Lesser Pink Flamingos. Saw spore of 2 Leopards. The walk around the Lake and seeing the vast quantity of Flamingos is a fantastic experience. The walk up would be very strenuous if... More 

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Verwood, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

On the morning of our second day at Ngorongoro we went to Empakaai Crater to see the flamingos. As well as our camp guide we were also accompanied by an armed ranger for the trek down to the crater floor. It was an hour’s drive from our camp to the top of the crater and about a 45 minute walk... More 

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Hamilton, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

If you have the time in the Ngorongoro area, it's worth making the drive for the view. We had originally intended to hike to the lake, but the morning was very foggy and we had already seen tons of flamingos at Lake Manyara, so the very steep descent and ascent didn't seem worth the effort. The view from the top,... More 

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