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Are Night Game Drives allowed in Ngorongoro Crater

One of the most exciting things to do in the Ngorongoro conservation area is a Night Game Drives in Ngorongoro. While certain animals are more active at night and some are nocturnal, meaning they are only visible at night, others are simple to identify because they are sleeping or congregating in one area.

The area boasts of about 25,000 animal species here. The park covers an area of about 260 square miles. The Ngorongoro conservation area boasts of a big concentration of cats the prominent one being the lions.

However, game drive in the Ngorongoro crater is only done during the day. To have the best of the game drive, you are supposed to start very early before the animals scatter and then run the game drive for the whole day till you are tired.

The crater closes at around 4.30pm and all cars are expected to exit.

Best Time to Visit

The time to visit the Ngorongoro will be determined by your budget and time available otherwise the area can be visited anytime of the year.

Peak season

The season usually comes in the dry months of Mid June to September and December to February. The Longer period of June to September however also comes with the wildebeest migration and there for if this is your major interest then this is the perfect timing for you.

Rainy/Low Season

The rains also come twice a year between the months of March to Mid June and October to November. This time usually has very few people and those that want the area to themselves you are to use this timing. The grass it also green and its good for those who want to do photography. This doesn’t mean that this being a rainy season then its rains all day and all times.

How to get there:

You have to first fulfill the requirements to enter Tanzania as a country before you actually thing about going to the Ngorongoro conservation area.

By Flight

The Kilimanjaro international airport and the Arusha Municipal airport work as the gate way to both Serengeti and the Ngorongoro conservation area. Therefore you can fly to Dar es Salaam and then connect to Arusha airport of go Via Kilimanjaro international airport to Arusha municipal airport then later to the Ngorongoro area. There are many airfields in the area. You will choose one depending on your accommodation.

Getting Around

You can stay in Arusha on arrival from Kilimanjaro international airport. The next day you can drive by road to Ngorongoro conservation area. You will need a 4X4 car. The drive takes about 4 hours from Arusha.


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