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Ngorongoro Safari Tips

The Ngorongoro conservation area has been on the UNESCO world heritage site list since 1979. Its home to the largest caldera in the world. Its home to over 30,000 animal species. The Masai people are the ethnic tribe ht lives here. Their life style is unique and it’s something you school look out for while visiting the Ngorongoro conservation area. Here are some of the Ngorongoro Safari Tips you need to know before you come to Ngorongoro.

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. One you have gotten your entry requirements, and then there are two options.

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.

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.

Where to Stay While Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater?

Luxury accomodation

The most expensive accommodation facilities are located on the rims of the Ngorongoro crater. They offer very good views of the entire area.

Budget Accomodation

These will offer camping options and in most cases you will need to carry your own equipment and make your own meals. There are people that find this suiting for them. These camps will have common bathrooms and toilets.

Mid-Range

This kind of accommodation will give you the basic service with good meals and self contained rooms. You will also have hot showers.


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