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Self-drive Safaris to Ngorongoro Crater

Most people will wonder if a Self-drive Safaris to Ngorongoro conservation area and Tanzania in general would be possible without booking through a tour operator or having local guide. You can actually run a trip by yourself; you will need someone to book for you’re the relevant permits. You can actually do your research and book your other necessities online like the accommodation and the car you will use.

Explore the Ngorongoro Crater on a self-drive safari

Even when you are doing a self drive safari, you will be asked to take a ranger but it’s not compulsory. The trials with in the Ngorongoro are well maintained and marked and therefore you will easily find your way. Therefore you will be able to drive on your own without help.

How do I arrange the Ngorongoro entrance permits for my self-drive safari in Tanzania?

You can pay for the permits on arrival but you may ask an operator to book them on your behalf. You may be required to pay a handling fee of about $50 depending on which perator to help you run this.

I am designing my Tanzania itinerary. How many days should I reserve for the crater?

You are allowed to be within the park premises from 6 am to 6pm. That’s how much time a daily permit will allow you. There for you can plan for about two ro mor days depending on your interests. You can take as much time as possible.

Packing for your safari

  • A lot of T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Many pair of Shorts
  • Long trousers with light material.
  • A jacket or Jumper.
  • Scarf
  • Heavy gloves for the wet season.
  • Swimming equipment.
  • Under wear
  • Socking preferably cotton ones.
  • Pyjamas
  • A pair of Sneakers
  • A pair of Sandals.
  • A hat or cap.

Non Essential items but important.

  • ATM bank cards, debit or credit cards.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lotions
  • Lip balm
  • Torch or flashlights.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Vaccination certificates where necessary.
  • Copy of the Safari itinerary
  • Some cash with a variety of different bills.
  • Your passport or any travel documents.
  • Flight ticket
  • Insurance policy documents
  • Hand sanitizers and any other things in that category.
  • Wipes and tissue paper.
  • A camera, batteries, memory card and all the other equipment.
  • Some snacks if you can
  • Toiletries

A small medical kit they includes first aid medical care like remedies for stomach upsets, Headaches, burns, allergies, food poisoning, anti malarial, some sleeping pills and many others that will suit your medical conditions. Talk to your doctor and make sure you carry only what they advise you to have.


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