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Olmoti Crater is a hidden gem located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. This stunning volcanic crater is one of the lesser-known attractions in the area, but it is definitely worth a visit for those seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. Here’s an overview of Olmoti Crater, the best time to visit, and the best things to do in the area.
Olmoti Crater is an inactive volcanic crater that is located approximately 20 kilometers north of the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is approximately 3 kilometers wide and was formed by a volcanic eruption over 200,000 years ago. Today, the crater is home to a stunning waterfall and lush green forests that are home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, and baboons.
When to visit
The best time to visit Olmoti Crater is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. The weather during this time is dry and sunny, making it easier to navigate the trails around the crater. The months of January and February are also a great time to visit as this is the calving season for the wildebeest and zebra, and visitors can witness the incredible sight of thousands of baby animals being born. The rainy season, which runs from November to May, can make the trails muddy and difficult to navigate, and many of the animals move to higher ground, making them harder to spot.
Things to do
Hike to the Olmoti Crater
The hike to the Olmoti Crater is one of the best things to do in the area. The hike is approximately 7 kilometers long and takes visitors through lush green forests and past stunning waterfalls. The hike is moderate in difficulty and takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete.
Visit the Waterfall
The Olmoti Crater is home to a stunning waterfall that is over 100 meters high. Visitors can hike to the base of the waterfall and witness the incredible sight of the water cascading down the rocks.
Birdwatching: Olmoti Crater is home to a variety of bird species, including the Malachite Sunbird and the Hartlaub’s Turaco. Visitors can spend time birdwatching in the lush green forests and spotting some of the unique and beautiful bird species in the area.
The area around Olmoti Crater is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, and baboons. Visitors can take a hike through the surrounding landscape and witness the incredible sight of these animals living in their natural habitat.
Visit the Maasai Village
The Maasai people have lived in the area for centuries and have a deep connection to the land. Visitors can visit one of the many Maasai villages in the area and learn about their traditional way of life, witness traditional dances, and purchase unique handicrafts made by the Maasai people.