The best way to appreciate these attractions is by walking. Even a short walk of only an hour or two can be very rewarding and there are also many opportunities for longer hikes. After spending days sitting in a vehicle, some visitors do say that they would like to stretch their legs.
Forest hike:Hike down the Manyara Great Rift Valley, through a dense groundwater forest. View birds, monkeys, bushbuck and other forest animals. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the forest while the fresh streams and waterfalls surrounding you.
Village walk - Mto Wa Mbu:Visit Mto Wa Mbu village for a great cultural experience with an experienced, English speaking guide who grew up in the village. Visit local farms, schools, a kindergarten, local homes, the market and milling machines. We can include a local lunch for your guests that are served in a lovely banana plantation deep inside Mto Wa Mbu village.
Crater Rim walk:Drive to the starting point on the Crater rim. The walk is along the western rim of the Crater past the Oloirobi viewpoint. There are patches of forest, to begin with and later it opens up into thicket and grassland, giving beautiful views down into the Crater on your right and eventually equally good views towards Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti and the Gol mountains to your left.
Eyasi Viewpoint:Enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Oldeani to the left and Makarot to the right. You can see several Maasai villages dotted around the valley, and you may well encounter men herding their cattle and goats. After climb gently upwards along the shoulder of Mount Oldeani, eventually reaching a spectacular view as the land falls away to Lake Eyasi, the western wall of the Rift Valley and the Serengeti plains.
Mount Oldeani:Its offer perfect chance to see different vegetation, the plants and the birdlife. It is all open grassland with no forest or thickets of dense bush. At certain times of the year, the profusion and colour of the wildflowers will surely amaze you. Its offer a spectacular panorama from the top with magnificent views in every direction: the Crater to the north, the Serengeti and Lake Eyasi to the West, Lake Manyara to the South, and the Crater Highlands to the East.
Empakaai Crater:North-west along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, then past Olmoti Crater, the village of Nainokanoka and the Embulbul Depression with good views of Mt. Loolmalasin on the right, this is the third highest mountain in Tanzania. The drive is through open grassland dotted with Maasai villages. You will see lots of cattle, you may not see many animals, but the tracks of leopard, hyaena, baboon and buffalo betray their presence. The more energetic visitor will enjoy a walk along the edge of the lake around the entire floor of the crater.
Mount Makarot:The walk gives good views back to Lake Eyasi and Endulen. You may see signs of animals such as buffalo and baboons. At the peak of Makarot itself where there is an outstanding view and the feeling of standing on the roof of the world. In front, the ground falls away to the Lake Eyasi, the western wall of the Rift Valley, Lake Ndutu, Olduvai Gorge and the plains of the Serengeti. In the distance, you can see the Gol Mountains. To your left, you can see Mt. Oldeani and to your right the western part of the Ngorongoro Crater. Depending on the time of year, the beauty and variety of wildflowers is remarkable.
Endoro River Nature Trail:This walk goes gently uphill into the Northern Highland Forest Reserve. The main attractions are the elephant caves, created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamins and minerals in the soil, and a 150m waterfall, from the top you get beautiful views over the agricultural country around Karatu. The forest is home to elephant, buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, plus a variety of birds.