The following activities will be offered free for all bookings between March 1st 2016 – May 31st 2017.
All activities need to be pre-booked.
There is a limited number of guests as well as set times per activity.
From The Highlands, the drive to the crater takes roughly 1 hour & 15 minutes through the beautiful Bulbul Depression and offers the chance to see a variety of animals. On arrival at Empakaai, you will join an NCA ranger and begin the 30-45 minute descent into the crater through thick, mountainous forest. Once on the crater floor, the lake offers superb birding and the chance to see the famous flamingos. The walk back to the vehicle on the crater rim will take around 1 hour & 30 minutes, with the chance to see big game (buffalo, hyena and elephant).
Starting directly from The Highlands, the Olmoti crater climb follows an ancient Maasai cattle trail up a gentle ascent through mountain forest, grassland and rocky outcrops. The 2-3 hour walk (roundtrip) offers outstanding birding, a large array of butterflies and is a botanist’s dream, with varying vegetation and a variety of splendid fern species. At the summit, guests are treated to a stunning view of the Olmoti crater.
You will have the opportunity to join one of the Maasai staff members on a visit to a local community in a nearby village. Many of the staff members are drawn from the surrounding communities and are always eager to share their experiences, providing a richer understanding of the culture that defines this corner of East Africa. You will be invited to a Maasai boma to gain an insight into the traditional cattle-herding practices and school visits will also be available depending on the time of year.