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Spectacular Hike

We hiked down to the lake at the bottom of this crater - although it is usually covered with... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Diane F
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Menlo Park, California
Not Worth the Effort

I have read a good number of reviews here which give the hike to the crater floor rave reviews so... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
HAROLD B
,
FAIRHOPE
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“armed ranger” (4 reviews)
“nice hike” (2 reviews)
“steep walk” (2 reviews)
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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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

Thank Diane F
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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

Thank HAROLD B
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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

1  Thank Lynne V
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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

1  Thank Cima168
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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

1  Thank Lee Ann Z
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

So we had the perfect day to view the crater and to walk down and back up. You could see the entire rim. There are flamingos at the bottom but not that many considering. The journey from Ngorongoro Sopa lodge to the crater rim is...More

2  Thank Buggedeyed
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

The walk down from the rim to the lake at the bottom of the crater is a fantastic experience. It can only be done accompanied by an armed ranger. Arrangements must be made trought the park authorities. Our safari agent had made the arrangement for...More

2  Thank Chambesy
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Reviewed July 14, 2017

It is a very nice hike that provided a welcomed break from sitting in the jeep for most part of the day. I was initially a bit intimidated by "steepness" that was refereed in many reviewed, but it was not steep at all ( even...More

1  Thank Rozann
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

We are a family of four and booked the crater hike as part of our 11 day safari in Tanzania. Most of the drive from the Ngorongo Sopa Lodge was scenic but it got really bad and rough as you get to the crater. It...More

2  Thank WinkSea
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

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...More

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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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