Those wanting to explore the area will do well to start by walking the Olmoti Climb. Teeming with birdlife and butterflies, the ancient Maasai cattle trail begins at the camp and makes its way through forest, grasslands and rocky outcrops, offering the final reward of a sweeping vista of the crater itself.
Alternatively, visitors can take a ranger-guided stroll to the Soda Lake on the crater floor. Its close proximity means this is only a half-day excursion, leaving time to break bread with a renowned lion researcher and gain a unique insight into how the various prides interact and coexist in the area. The game drives offer up first-hand encounters with a variety of herbivores and predators alike.
After making the rounds to all the necessary peaks and predators, explorers can indulge their inner anthropologists with an afternoon spent at one of the local Maasai villages, where an eclectic culture embraces centuries of tradition alongside modern life.
Leaving The Highlands Ngorongoro will not be an easy ask, but those who make the trip will depart with a great gift – a deep understanding of and familiarity with the African continent.