Hominid Footprints

Walk to hominid footprints within our concession area. These footprints were discovered by members of our team and since then have been investigated by separate teams both locally and internationally to try to establish how they came to be. Initially it was thought that they might be as old as 100,000 years or more but recent studies indicate them to be younger. A fascinating chance to look back in time at a group of people that raises a number of questions about hominids in East Africa and part of a larger story of man in East Africa.

| $included | time: 1 to 2 hours, can be combined with sundowner |


Walk to one of the nearby sundowner spots. Enjoy your sundowner overlooking the Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun go down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Note private sundowners can be arranged in conjunction with the use of your tour operators vehicle (ask your tour operator for any additional costs).

| $included| time: at your leisure |

Lengai – The West Route

An overnight ascent on the 3000m tall “Mountain of God” lit by moonlight is an unforgettable and mystical experience. This is a very challenging hike up an active carbonatite volcano with stunning views.

Note that the conditions on Lengai can change daily. It must be understood that the guide’s decision to reach the summit section is based on daily conditions and clients should be briefed that there is the possibility of not reaching the true summit. If that is the case please note refunds are not available! Great alternatives to this trip are the ‘Source Adventure Hike’.

Please note that guests are required to wear climbing helmets at the final section near the summit.

| $100* per person | time: average 12 hours |

*fees and guiding fees payable AT VILLAGE OFFICE $100 for 1 person and $70 per person for 2 or more – please check at time of booking. Transfers with our vehicle ARE NOT included but can be provided with advance notice at $250 per vehicle.

***Stay 3 nights at Lake Natron Camp and YOU get to climb Lengai for FREE! Please note if you would like to pre book Lengai and are staying less that 3 nights you can do so with our office at the published rates + 18% VAT which is payable to the Government.

At home with the Maasai

This part of the Great Rift Valley is populated by the Maasai people. Maasai bomas spread around the area, but the main central village is few kilometres away to the west at the base of the escarpment. The village is named Engare Sero, which means dappled water. This village gets its name from the river flowing out of the escarpment through a spectacular gorge that is both arid and lush. Take some time out with your guides and visit a local homestead.

| $100 per group| time: 2 hours |

Walking in the Footsteps of Man

Why this adventure?

This is a trek back through millennia of evolution from the relatively recent hominid footprints right by our Lake Natron Camp, all the way to Olduvai, commonly known as “one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world”, and home to evidence of our earliest ancestors. Each camp location and design is being targeted at guests that are looking for an off the beaten track experience, entirely respectful of the environment, and yet just enough comfort to ensure a superlative well balanced adventure.

Olduvai gorge is known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and this trekking expedition courses routes either to or from this area incorporating the history of mankind, geology and landscapes spanning 250 million years. You can time this expedition with the migration in the short grass plains, or append a migration experience post / pre trek. Key features include hiking the Gregorian Rift valley, Sanjan Gorge, Gol, Olduvai Gorge and note we also have variations including Ol Karien Gorge.

How to book

All our adventures can be booked through a tour operator near you. Just ask them about Lake Natron Camp, Ngare Sero and our range of activities and adventures and specify the “Walking in the footsteps of man”.  You can add this adventure into your dates – all trips are customised to your dates.

PLEASE NOTE: when there are rains on the Sale Plains or Gol guests must be made aware that changes may have to be made to the routing.

We currently service 2 options:

1.  Natron to Olduvai variation: ideal to END in Serengeti
2. Olduvai to Natron variation: ideal to END at Lake Natron


The Great Migration (December – March)
The Gregorian Rift Valley
Stunning vistas
Learning about local tribes and customs
Being a witness to a changing times and culture
The unique habitat of Lake Natron
Flamingoes feeding & preening in fresh water streams

Itinerary In Short

Day 1: Lake Natron Camp

Day 2: Lake Natron Camp

Day 3: Trek & drive to Sanjan. Trek 6km. Drive 22km

Day 4: Trek to Piyaya. Trek 10km. Drive 4km

Day 5: Pick up from Nasera rock. Drive 4km

Itinerary In Full

Day 1 –Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron has a number of activities that are very easily combined with dawn walks and sundowners and in the middle of the day there is the nearby Ngare Sero gorge that you can walk to and options of long hikes to the source or shorter hikes to waterfalls. The staff are on hand to make you stay as adventurous or as relaxing as you want. Dinner & overnight Lake Natron Camp (full board).

Day 2 –  Lake Natron Camp

We have a natural pool at camp and fish that love to give you a free fish pedicure! Just the thing to pamper your feet before you set off on a hike up the rift valley tomorrow. The staff are on hand to make you stay as adventurous or as relaxing as you want. Dinner & overnight Lake Natron Camp (full board).

Day 3 – Sanjan Gorge

After breakfast you depart to the bottom of the rift valley and start your trek to Sanjan. The hike this morning is up the rift valley, following the migration routes of the Maasai and their cattle as they move to find pasture. Once on top of the rift valley you trek to meet our vehicle and transfer across the vast Salei plains to Sangan Gorge (note that the wildebeest migration is often here from December – May). Picnic lunches are provided to ensure you reach your goal well fed.  You will be met by your camp crew when you reach your destination and you can go trek deep into Sanjan Gorge or just relax by the camp fire with a glass on wine! Dinner & overnight Sanjan Camp (full board). Trek 6km. Drive 22km.

Day 4 – Piyaya

The camp is set at the base of the Gol mountains and faces east, which affords a stunning sunrise! Bush coffee is served right from the fire and after a filling breakfast you set of with your Maasai guides along the sides of the Sanjan gorge. It is very rocky underfoot in places and so good shoes are a must and at certain points be sure to look back for stunning views. Once through the gorge you meander your way and then transfer to camp to relax. For those that arrive early there are options to visit local attractions. Dinner and overnight Piyaya Camp (full board). Trek 10km. Drive 4km.

Day 5 – Nasera Rock

When you get to Nasera Rock you will be met by your driver who will then take you on to your the next part of your itinerary via Olduvai Gorge ! Drive 4km.

The REVERSE Olduvai to Natron variation will be exactly same just starting at Nasera and finishing at Natron.



  • Support vehicle (pickup / open game drive vehicle)
  • WFA Trained guide
  • Meals
  • Limited stock of red wine / beers / sodas
  • Tea / coffee / hot chocolate
  • 2 nights Expedition ‘Fly-camping’
  • 2 nights Lake Natron Camp
  • Activity fees Ngare Sero
  • Village fees Ngare Sero, Sanjan, Piyaya
  • Wildlife Department bednight fees


  • Any changes to the itinerary requiring change of route or accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal evacuation insurance / travel insurance
  • Lengai climb fees (payable direct to village at $100 for 1 climber, $140 for 2 climbers)
  • Applicable gate fees / district fees ($35 payable at Ngare Sero gate)
  • Wildlife department entry fees ($10 per person per day + VAT)


  • Sun hat
  • sunglasses
  • head torch
  • buff or lightweight neck gaiter (for keeping out dust)
  • rain shell
  • light fleece
  • long sleeve t shirt x 2
  • hiking trousers (zip off style are recommended so you have shorts too)
  • waterproof trousers
  • socks x 3 pairs
  • hiking shoes preferably with some decent ankle support
  • teva or flip flops for in camp
  • walking poles
  • gaiters for those that have low cut hiking shoes
  • water bottles x 3 enough to hold 3 Liters


| $request| time: 5 days |