Lake Natron is a soda lake found at the base of the active volcano named Ol Donyo Lengai. It means “mountain of God” in the Masai language. The area in the region of Lake Natron is frequently described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty, and the lake is a photographer’s dream. A walk in the region of the lake and to the streams and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment presents an extraordinary adventure.

Day 1

Arrival at JRO, meet and transfer to an Arusha lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

After breakfast with your picnic lunch, depart Arusha to Tarangire/Manyara National Park for game viewing. Dinner and overnight at a camp/lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game viewing until late afternoon, where you’ll then drive to Nainkanoka Village for dinner and overnight at a camp.

Day 4

After breakfast, hike up to Olmoti Crater & Munge Waterfalls (optional) then drive to Empakaai (through dry grasslands of the Embulbul Depression) for dinner and overnight at a camp.

Day 5

After breakfast, descend to the Empakaai Crater, later ascend, pack and start trekking to Naiyobi Village. No driving but walking with donkeys carrying everything. Dinner and overnight at a camp.

Day 6

After breakfast, proceed hiking to the base of Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai, where our driver-guide will meet you and transfer to a camp for an afternoon rest and dinner. Before midnight, you will be transferred to the base of Mt. Ol Doinyo Lengai to begin our ascent to the peak.

Day 7

Descend from the mountain and transfer to the camp for resting. In the afternoon/evening enjoy a walk around Lake Natron for nature and flamingo viewing.

Day 8

After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park (or Tarangire depending on which park you did on day one) for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at a camp/lodge.

Day 9

Game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park/Tarangire in the morning, with a picnic lunch, then a leisurely drive back to Arusha for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 10

Transfer to JRO for onward flight.

All itineraries can be tailored to include hot air balloon ridesZanzibar trips Kilimanjaro treks or safaris to parks in southern or eastern Tanzania.