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Malaria in Ngorongoro Crater

For most travelers coming to Africa, the biggest worry is malaria. Malaria is one of the biggest killer diseases of the locals in the Ngorongoro area. The Ngorongoro area has a big forest cover and a lot of water collection areas and this is a big traction for mosquitoes as they breed in such area. The area is home to the world’s largest Crater Lake that was formed about 2.5 million years ago. The area also has another lake on the rims of the crater. Lake Magadi is a small alkaline lake and it has stagnant water which is another breeding area for mosquitoes in the area. There are also several other lakes in the area. The Ngorongoro conservation area is on the UNESCO world heritage site and is also among the seven wonders of Africa.

Like most parks in Tanzania and the rest of the parks elsewhere is Africa, there is a risk of catching Malaria in Ngorongoro. The parks are always bushy and have stagnant water. This however doesn’t mean that you will not visit this national park. You just have to take all the necessary precautions to make sure you control the risk of catching Malaria. You are advised to have a mosquito repellent all the time to make sure you are not bitten by mosquitoes. While at the lodge, make sure you sleep under a treated mosquito net.

You can take some anti-malarial to boost your immunity again Malaria but this should be under supervision from a medical personnel. If you feel any signs of Malaria. Make sure you inform your guide and visit the hospital early before the symptoms become worse. The reason for long sleeved clothes is also to protect you from mosquitoes and other insect bites. Malaria is also most common in the wet season.

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.

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