Entamanu Ngorongoro activities

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Private Game Package guests have complete flexibility to plan their own schedule, including the option of a picnic lunch en route back from the Crater, with a 2 to 3 hour walking safari along the Crater rim.

PRIVATE CRATER MEALS – BREAKFAST OR LUNCH 

These are served as a normal buffet style camp lunch with a proper meal set up with table, chairs, waiters and fully laid out meal in a private picnic site. These MUST BE PRE BOOKED a minimum of two weeks in advance.

This is only available on a private car basis with a minimum of 4 pax and a max of 16.

 OLDUVAI MUSEUM AND SHIFTING SANDS 

Olduvai Museum, overlooking Olduvai Gorge, is a 60 minute drive from Entamanu on what can be a bumpy road. Shifting Sands are a further 20 minutes across and beyond the Gorge. In the green season (Dec to May), both sites can be visited en route from Entamanu to the southern

Serengeti, to avoid the return journey. Shifting Sands is a volcanic half-moon (barkan) shaped sand dune, formed from carbonatite sand from a previous eruption of Mt. Lengai. This fine magnetic sand moves slowly across the plains with the wind, retaining its shape as it travels, with markers on the ground showing its progress over the years.

The dune holds strong religious significance for the Maasai of the area and sits within dramatic scenery in the short grass plains.

 MAASAI INTERACTIONS

We are very privileged to have access to a Maasai boma that only Entamanu guests visit. This is accessed by a short 10-minute drive from camp and then a short walk from the road into the boma which takes about 15 minutes.  If clients would like to walk from camp this will take about 2.5 – 3 hours over the plateau and through the forests.

Guests who would like to walk from camp to the boma need a good level of fitness. The walk is long and in some parts it is steep and rocky. They will need closed walking shoes and are accompanied by an armed NCAA ranger, Maasai scout and their guide.

Visits generally take between 30 minutes and 3 hours depending on what guests want to see and do.

Once guests are in the boma, they will be shown around by the Maasai and there is often a short performance of song and dance, a lesson in traditional fire making, spear throwing, a short “lecture”/ talk, milking and livestock duties if it is in the evening, and if they wish they can buy trinkets.  

MAASAI ORPUL   

A Maasai orpul is a fascinating traditional ceremony which the Maasai have practiced for centuries. Guests are invited to get involved with as much of the process as they would like to. This ceremony involves the slaughtering and skinning of a goat, mixing of herbal medicine and a description from the Maasai of the activities involved and the significance they hold for the Maasai. The ceremony completes with a roasting of the meat, which is then shared amongst the group.

CRATER HIGHLAND WALKING SAFARIS

All walks are accompanied by a Nomad guide, Maasai escort & NCAA armed ranger

 Short Walking Safaris

These last generally up to two hours and require a reasonable level of fitness. You can take short walks by default on a shared basis. From camp you will explore the local flora & fauna, often ending with an evening sundowner looking out over the southern Serengeti.

Long Walking Safaris

Two to six hours, requiring a good level of fitness, must be pre-booked and are only available on Private Game package basis. These include but are not limited to:

  1. From the Seneto descent road, along the Crater rim to Entamanu, with stunning views in places. 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Entamanu down from the Crater rim in the direction of Olduvai, with views of the southern Serengeti & Gol Mountains. Can also incorporate a visit to the local Ngoile School. 5 – 6 hours. If pre arranged this walk can form part of a transfer between Entamanu & Southern Serengeti for Private Game Package guests.
  3. From Entamanu north east along the Crater rim towards the lower slopes of Olmoti, with stunning views in places: 3 – 4 hours (Dry season only)

 EMPAKAI CRATER DAY VISITS

These are possible but only on privately guided safaris, but it is very important that clients know that it is at least a 3-4 hour drive from camp in each direction.  It is possible to drive through the Ngorongoro Crater en route to make the journey more enjoyable but this incurs additional fees and increases travel time.

This is always a full day excursion and walking fees apply at Empakai, charged extra. The walk into the Empakai Crater takes about 45 minutes and is quite steep to get out of. The big highlight is usually flocks of flamingoes on the lake and beautiful views out over the Crater. If you have clients who would like to do this please contact your consultant for more details.

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