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is an area of dramatic highland scenery just to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater
in Northern Tanzania
Considering its proximity to the main safari route, this area is incredibly quiet and little-visited. We reckon that less than 1% of the vehicles visiting the Ngorongoro Crater venture into this northern sector. Rarely does more than a handful of safari vehicles come down this way on any given day, it's the kind of place where you stop to chat with passing traffic.
The area has some superb hiking and trekking options, as well as being one of the very best areas for interacting with the local Maasai people. If you come out here for walking, you will be accompanied by Maasai warriors. If you do multiple day trekking then you will also be joined by donkeys and their attendants. As you pass by herders or through villages, your guides will know most of the people you meet and will introduce you as personal friends. It really is a very special way to travel.
The main reason that this area is not filled with people is that it is not big for wildlife. Out on the grasslands you may see wildebeest and eland, we have even seen lions out here on one rare occasion. Down in the Empakai Crater, as well as flamingoes, there are buffaloes, jackals, hyenas and various monkeys, but all are very elusive. So this is generally much more of a scenery and cultural excursion.
There are no lodges out here, the only accommodation is bivouac camping, which is to say a light mobile camp which is carried with you, either by vehicle or donkey, depending on your route. UpsidesSeasonsAccommodationTrips