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Mount Le Makarot

Nestled within the vast expanses of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the Maasai village of Endulen, an hour’s drive from Karatu town and 3 hrs away from Arusha, stands the majestic Mount Le Makarot. Rising to an impressive height of 3,168 meters above sea level, this mountain offers unparalleled experiences for adventurers looking to venture off the beaten path. We invite you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage Le Makarot and Ngorongoro areas offer.

Exploring the Mount Le Makarot

For those with a spirit for exploration, a day hike to the summit of Le Makarot reveals panoramic views that are simply beyond compare. The landscape is a tapestry of vibrant greens and earthy tones, stretching as far as the eye can see. From the summit, you have great chances to see Lake Eyasi, Mount Oldeani, and the Maasai villages, as well as breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
For the more intrepid explorer, an extended hike with an overnight camp at a special site before ascending the mountain promises an even richer experience. Under the starlit African sky, the mountain’s serene beauty is magnified, creating memories that last a lifetime.


There is a high chance of seeing buffalo, zebras, and wildebeests at a close range, so an armed ranger is mandatory for this hike. 


Moreover, both overnight and day trips can be organized, with the possibility of starting at Oldeani and exiting from the Olduvai Area. Basecamp to Mount Le Makarot is about an hour’s drive from Karatu and 3hours from Serengeti. We recommend doing this excursion in the very early hours of the morning.

Other Mountains Around Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to other remarkable mountain peaks, such as Lololmasin, standing tall at 3,648 meters above sea level, and Oldeani, reaching 3,220 meters. These natural landmarks contribute to the area’s dramatic scenery and diverse ecosystems.

Why Ngorongoro is a Special Place

Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds a special place in the hearts of the Maasai people, who have considered it a sacred ritual and grazing land for centuries. The presence of lush grasslands and abundant water sources throughout the year makes it an ideal location for their livestock.

Activity Entry Fees

The walking fee for Ngorongoro is 20 USD per person.
Ranger Fees of 20 USD per group.
Entrance to Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority of 60 USD per person every 24 hrs.
Concession and Special Camping fees are from 60 USD per person per night.
All fees are exclusive of logistical expenses such as food, transportation, and a professional guide and VAT

What to Pack

  • A day pack with personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Long but light sleeve shirts if you hike during the green season
  • Water bottle enough to carry 2l+
  • Camera
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Fleece jacket


Among the experiences include visits to the Maasai villages, gaining insights into this indigenous community’s traditional ways of life and rich cultural practices.
Nature hiking and trekking through the conservation area.
A visit to Olduvai Gorge Museum.
Big 5 Safari within Ngorongoro Conservation area.
Lastly, this excursion can easily be arranged from Karatu Lodge.

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