Today’s adventure begins with exploring the volcanic geographical features, as well as the flora and fauna of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Drive to the northern end of the Ngorongoro Crater from where Mount Lolmalasin, Tanzania's third tallest mountain, can be viewed. Picturesque raw and lonesome landscapes emerge as you pass through the eastern highlands, which stretch from Olmoti Crater to the highlands. Olmoti, meaning cooking pot in Maa, the Maasai’s language, is about 6.5 km/4 mi in diameter, and its highest point above sea level is approximately 3,080m/10,100ft. This crater is a sunken caldera formed over 10 million years ago.
Olmoti Crater Trek: Descent/ascent - Approximately 2 hrs round trip
Start your hike from the ranger post at Nainokanoka, where with an armed ranger you will hike along a 30 minute path to the crater rim of this hidden gem. A pleasant walk through the forest, where you can spot birds, butterflies and the occasional wild animal, leads to the crater rim. At the top of the crater rim, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the crater below and of the region in general.
Hike into the crater. Covered in grass and bisected by a river valley, this shallow crater is very pretty, and offers good grazing to the local Maasai cattle and various wild animals throughout the year. Enjoy the glimpse of the Munge Waterfall, which pours out of the crater from the Munge River that ultimately drains into the Ngorongoro Crater. Olmoti Crater is covered by water streams, varieties of plants and animal species. The lush surroundings and water source in the crater attract a number of grazing animals, notably buffalo, eland and antelope, waterbuck and sometimes elephants.
Ascend back and drive to Central Serengeti entering the park through Naabi Hill Gate, where you can stop for a picnic lunch before proceeding into Serengeti National Park. This is not a transfer, it is a game drive in its own right and seeing the plains of the Serengeti for the first time is an unforgettable moment.
Serengeti, or Seringit in Maa, meaning ‘endless plains’, is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. The essential features have changed little in a million years; Serengeti’s famous plains are interspersed with wooded hills, towering termite mounds, rocky kopjes and rivers lined with acacia trees.
Late afternoon head to your Lodge for check in. Early evening you will be driven to the sundowner spot. Sundowners are more than just a happy hour. They are a cherished tradition in the bush and forms an integral part of your safari experience. It is a time to relax, reminisce of the day and enjoy a few drinks as the sun sets.
Head back to Lemala Nanyukie Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.