Empakaai Crater
Empakaai Crater
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Jan P
Prague, Czech Republic359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Určitě je to zajímavý výlet a zajímavý trek (procházka). Je ale vykoupený přímo hroznou cestou po silnici, která je ina Afriku opravdu strašná.
Kdo má ale výdrž, prožije autentický svět Masajů a jejich krajiny bez komerčního zápachu zneužití domorodců a bez masové turistiky.
Mohu tedy doporučit.

It is definitely an interesting trip and an interesting trek (walk). But it is bought directly by a terrible road, which is really terrible in Africa.
But whoever has stamina will experience the authentic world of the Maasai and their landscape without the commercial smell of the abuse of the natives and without mass tourism.
So I can recommend.
Written November 25, 2021
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SweetPeas_135
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Off the beaten track but worth the effort involved to experience the views and the walk to the base of the crater. Sammy, our TANAPA ranger guide was excellent - informative, engaging and caring. The decent and ascent are reasonably steep, but very manageable with a moderate level of fitness.
Written February 4, 2023
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David B
Seattle, WA149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
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.
Written February 21, 2012
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wkirgw
Boise, ID4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
If you want to get off the beaten path and experience something truly unique, Empakia Crater is a great choice. We hiked down the crater (about 30-minute descent on foot) accompanied by a ranger (which is required) and spent a few relaxing hours watching thousands of flamingos. There were no other tourists, and we had the entire crater to ourselves. You can get pretty close to the flamingos if you approach them slowly; allowing for great photo opportunities. The ascent back out of the crater is steep, but manageable. Overall, it was refreshing to see wildlife on foot which you cannot do in the National Parks.
Written December 6, 2015
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sea-lon-sf
San Francisco, CA2,057 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
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.
Written March 22, 2012
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Hal B
Fairhope, AL75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 our itinerary from Ngorongoro. We were in the last days of our trip and we loved the game drives. In our view the bumpy long and bumpy ride from the Sopa Lodge to the crater and then a total of about 3 hours spent going down the path and returning was just too much "work" for too little gain. We saw some flamingos on the lake but little else. We would have rather spent the day divided between a morning game drive in Ngorongoro and afternoon by the pool! Wear good shoes, carry plenty of water, look for ticks when you return to your land cruiser. Path can be slippery with dew and/or rain.
Written March 15, 2018
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Buggedeyed
British Columbia, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
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 about 1 hour and a bit. It was a beautiful drive albeit bumpy and dusty but that it typical for the area. You pass by several villages and I would say that the journey was just as fascinating as the destination. It was market day for the Massai and so many were walking to the market which was several kilometers away. Needless to say it was really interesting seeing the families pass by as we drove. What most appealed to us (5 in all) was that is was a chance to get out of the jeep and move around freely. It was a well needed break from the confines of a vehicle for so many days. We had a ranger with us who took us down and back. The hike down is fairly easy though slippery in spots. Coming back up was a bit tougher. That said we are not in the greatest shape and managed the return up in 35 minutes. We were all breathing hard though as it was a good cardio workout.Two other vehicles arrived after we got back to the top and at that point the crater was all clouded in which had it been me I would have been disappointed. Mother Nature is definitely not on a schedule here. So that said, if your not desperate for the freedom of movement and if the clouds were hiding the crater you might be disappointed. As for us we needed the break and thankfully M.N was working with us that day so we really enjoyed it.
Written August 14, 2017
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Chambesy
Geneva, Switzerland715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 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 us. We saw leopards tracks five minutes down the path. The vegetation is most impressive, enormeous trees, bushes and lianas, as are the birds. In the saline lake there was a large flock of pink flamingos. Two small children of the Masi tribe herding there cows close to the lake came to greet us. The walk back up is hard. it was very warm and the path is steep. But definitely worth it. Great experience.
Written August 13, 2017
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WinkSea
Atlanta, GA148 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
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 was really really bad, plus Maasai cattle are blocking the road. You're about 9,000 ft altitude at the top so the air is really thin. You walk down about 1,000 vertical feet, not sure the actual distance, but it is a long way down and seems longer going up. We saw no animals, except Cape Buffalo being hunted and poached by Maasai men and their dogs. The dogs chased the calf into the crater lake until it collapsed on the shore and the Maasai used a spear to kill it. There were 7 Maasai hunting the calf. I asked the ranger who must go with you into the crater, if he had a radio. He said no. I asked if his phone worked to get help if needed. He said no. He said the poachers will run away when they see him with his rifle. I wasn't so sure and I was concerned about the safety of my family since we would walk out of the jungle right where the killing took place. But, the poachers saw the ranger and ran away. They waited until we left and the returned to skin and butcher the calf. It was a sad day. Not the wildlife I wanted to see visiting the Ngorongo Conservation Area. We spoke with several Tanzania officials about the poaching and gave them our story with pictures. We did see about 15 flamingos, but you can see alot of them in Serengeti. Really bad idea.
Written May 28, 2017
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Ymym65
Tel Aviv, Israel763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
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...
Written April 18, 2017
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