One of three large volcanic calderas that are located inside the Ngorongoro conservation area, and the second highest in terms of altitude of the rim. Its crater floor is a marshy highland plateau that serves a water source for several streams and lakes inside the Ngorongoro crater, as well as an occasional feeding ground for Maasai cattle in the area.
About two or three settlements are located on this plateau, most of which belong to Maasai cattle herders - a resting point after herding their cows.
At the side of the caldera is a beautiful waterfall, that can be seen from miles away while on the road that approaches it from Ngorongoro crater.
What to do there?Drive to the foot of the crater, then hike up to the top of the rim. The hike up takes about one to two hours - depending on your level of fitness, but at the end of it is a breath taking view of one of the last undisturbed patches of nature.
There are herds of cows that live up here, and supposedly, there is a path that they can use to get down - the amazing Maasai cow.
If you haven't got the wind knocked out of you by the time you get to the top, then you can continue on to the waterfall.
In most cases you would need an armed ranger to walk up the crater, and payment of a walking fee as well as the entrance/conservation fee. You also would need to pay for a vehicle permit if using a private or rented vehicle. For more information on fees, please see the NCAA website.
Best time to visitAny time of the year, with more emphasis towards the drier season of July to December when the roads are more pliable.
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Location of Olmoti crater
The Olmoti crater is located about 5km north east of the Ngorongoro crater, or just a two hour drive from the Loduare gate. There is a small Maasai village at its eastern base called Nainokanoka - which is where hikes normally start from. For more information on its location, please see the map below.
How to get thereMainly by driving from the Loduare gate or other places in the conservation area. This can be in a private vehicle, a tours and travel one or a rental.
It is also possible to get there using a walking safari.