Olmoti Crater

Olmoti “The cooking pot” in Maasai Language is the crater that is relatively shallow pristine grass dominated caldera (Plate 17). The crater is at an attitude of about 3100 m above sea level. Wildlife species such as bushbuck and eland beautifies the crater as a geosite. This caldera forms the spectacular waterfall, which feeds the Munge River, which flows in the main crater. When returning from Olmot, the depression that is formed where the slopes of Olmot, Empakai, Lolmalasin and Losirua volcanoes join with the outer rim of Ngorongoro can be observed.

Like Empakai crater, Olmoti is also smaller than the Ngorongoro crates and less familiar to many tourists. If these small craters are well publicized may attract more tourists in these resources.

Plate 17: Olmoti Crater and its landscape

The Olmoti crater rim is covered with highland vegetation of medicinal use such as Rhamnbus prinoides, Rhamnbus staddo, Artemisia afra, Maesa lanceolata, Markamia obtusifolia, Clutia abysinica, Solanum anguivi, and the locally endemicspecie Syzigium codatum (Plate 18).

Plate 18: Rhamnbus prinoides (Left) and Syzigium codatum (Right) in Olmoti Crater