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Lake Natron - Lengai Volcano - Lake Manyara

- 5-6 days trekking and wildlife safari -

Flamingoes at Lake NatronAsh eruption from the new ash cone in Lengai's active crater
Pick-up from airport - Arusha - Lake Natron - climb and camp on Lengai (option) - Lake Natron and surrounding area (2 nights) - Lake Manyara Natl Park (1n) - Arusha - departure
Pick-up from airport - Arusha - Lake Natron - climb and camp on Lengai (option) - Lake Natron and surrounding area (2 nights) - Lake Manyara Natl Park (1n) - Arusha - departure
Safari vehicle arriving at the Lake Natron campsiteAscending Lengai volcanoGrass at the Lake Natron shoreElephant close-up in Lake Manyara Natal. Park
Tour code: TAN_NLM
Tour type: Camping safari: wildlife - active volcanoes - adventure
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Duration: 6 days / 6 nights

Dates:

Custom tour dates only

Price (p.p.): from 1130 USD p.p.


Included:

  • All local transport in private 4x4 safari vehicles with roof hatches out and back to Arusha (max 2 clients per seat row)
  • Supply vehicle from 3+ participants
  • All accommodation as described (camping / guesthouse / lodge)
  • All staff (guides, cooks, porters, drivers, etc)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & diner) according to the day-by-day Itinerary (see the B, L and D)
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day on safari, tea & coffee
  • All transit, park, conservation and other government fees
  • HF radio and GSM contact with the base in Arusha
  • Full camping equipment: spacious dome tents with frame beds, mattresses, showers, table, chairs, washing basin, pillows
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  • (if camp on top of Lengai is included):
  • Fly camp on Lengai (i.e. no tables, beds, chairs)
  • Experienced Maassai guide with VHF radio contact to base
  • Porters for water, food, equipment
  • 1 porter for up to 15 kg of personal gear up and down Lengai (extra porters on request)
Visit one of the most fascinating sections of the Africa Rift Valley on this hiking & wildlife safari. You spend some time at the soda lake Natron with its flamingoes, climb the active volcano Lengai, hike into the deeply eroded escarpment to a fresh waterfall, and visit the varied Lake Manyara Natl. park with its abundant wilfdlife.
  • Visit one of the most spectacular sections of the Rift Valley
  • Active Lengai volcano
  • Spectacular scenery near Lake Natron
  • Game drives in Lake Manyara Natl. Park

Sample itinerary (5 days, Lengai climb optional)

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Lake Natron
Transfer from Arusha to Lake Natron base camp through the Rift Valley. It takes about 6 hours to get there.
Acc.: : camp at Lake Natron (L, D)
Day 2-3: 2 days at Lake Natron (+ option to climb Lengai volcano)
Two full days to explore the area: Lake Natron (Flamingoes!), hike to a waterfall in a deep gorge, visit a Maassai village etc.
If you are up to the challenge and a very strenous climb, you can opt for a climb to Lengai volcano (ca. 100-200 USD p.p.)
Acc.: : comfortable campsite of Lake Natron (B, L, D)
Day 4: Lake Manyara game drive
Drive to Mtowa Mbu. Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunches.
Acc.: : guesthouse or lodge at Lake Manyara Natl. Park (B, L, D)
Day 5: Morning game drive in Lake Manyara - return to Arusha
Game drive in Lake Manyara in the morning - transfer to Arusha (ca. 2 hrs), end of service
Acc.: : none (B, L)

Sample itinerary (6 days, including 1 night camping on Lengai)

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Lake Natron
Transfer from Arusha to Lake Natron base camp through the Rift Valley. It takes about 6 hours to get there.
Acc.: : camp at Lake Natron (L, D)
Day 2: Climb Ol Doinyo Lengai - camp on top
Early in the morning, you get up and prepare for the climb to Ol Doinyo Lengai. While porters carry the equipment and our water for the light camp, we ascend along an ever steepening ridge until you reach the inactive south crater, after 3-7 hrs climbing (depending on your pace). On the south crater, a light camp is set up in the midst of an ash desert, created by Lengai's recent eruptions in 2007/2008. You have the whole afternoon, the night and the next morning for observations of the active ash cone and exploration of the crater area.
Acc.: : Basic camp on Lengai volcano (B, L, D)
Day 3-4: Comfortable break near Lake Natron
After a 2 to 4 hours descent our cars pick us up at the base. From then on we have a relaxed and comfortable one and a half day near fascinating Lake Natron. We visit the Lake with its thousands of flamingos and take a swim in a paradisiacal waterfall in a narrow gorge with wonderful stone formations… Here we find the desert rose as well.
Acc.: : comfortable campsite of Lake Natron
Day 5: Lake Manyara game drive
Drive to Mtowa Mbu. Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunches.
Acc.: : guesthouse or lodge at Lake Manyara Natl. Park (B, L, D)
Day 6: Morning game drive in Lake Manyara - return to Arusha
Game drive in Lake Manyara in the morning - transfer to Arusha (ca. 2 hrs), end of service
Acc.: : none (B, L)

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in Arusha, a friendly, mid-sized town that is the main starting point for excursions in the area. You can easily combine the trek to Lengai with other activities (ask us about other safaris).

Accommodation:

Accommodation is based on double room or tent occupancy.
- Camping at Lake Natron & Lake Manyara: a comfortable well-equipped camping site with fresh running water, a bar, (basic) toilet facilities but superbly located and well managed.
- Camping on Lengai volcano: no toilet tent, no dining tent. Normally, we bring only small chairs & sleeping tents + small mattresses. 1 personal porter per person, and porters to carry tents, food, gas cooker and pot for boiling water, and water. 1 guide for 1-5 pax, 2 guides for 6-10 pax.
Additional porters can, of course, be arranged on location (ca. 60 USD per porter one way).
- Accommodation in Arusha: your choice, but we recommend l'Oasis Lodge, a comfortable small hotel with clean, spacious rooms, a swimming pool, an excellent restaurant and modern facilities near the city center.

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