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Crater Highlands

The beautiful and rugged Crater Highlands offer you and your fellow hikers an elevated range of volcanoes, intact and collapsed ones, as a chain along the eastern side of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, rising up from The Great Rift Valley.

Photo: Gopal Viljayaraghavan


  • The chain of peaks includes Oldenai (3216 m), Makarot (Lemagurut – 3107 m), Olmoti (3100 m), Empakaai (3263 m), Ngorongoro (2200 m) and the still active Ol Doinyo Lengai (The mountain of God in Maa – the language of the Masaai – 2878 m).
  • Except for the Ngorongoro Crater this is a seldom visited area, so by choosing to do your trekking here, you will enjoy some of Tanzania’s most unusual nature and scenery.
  • All hiking in this area have to be arranged professionals, and is somehow costing due to the park fees to the conservation authorities, except for Ol Doinyo Lengai and Empakaai, which are just outside the boundaries of the conservation.


The peaks and volcanoes in the area were created millions of year ago by eruptions connected to the birth of the Great Rift Valley.

The main residents in the area are Masaai’s, who have been grazing their cattle here for hundreds of years.


Here you have all the options, from day trips to Oldenai and Empakaai, to several weeks of hiking and camping with donkeys carrying all the equipment.

From the different Crater Highland treks you can choose amongst, a good choice can be a weeks trek from Ngorongoro to Lake Natron, with time to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai on the way.

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Helene Tungland
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Eivind Tungland
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