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When to go – Best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Some would say the best time to visit Ngorongoro would be during the dry season when animals gather around water sources. Others would say the best time would be during the wet season when the conservation area is lush and beautifully green. At the end of the day, it all depends on your weather preferences.

Factors to consider when planning your trip to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Dry season (June – October):

  • High / Peak season.
  • Easy wildlife viewing while on game drives as the animals converge at the available water sources.
  • Cool and dry weather.
  • The clear skies offer excellent conditions for photography.
  • Ngorongoro gets overly crowded during the dry season. That is high tourist traffic.
  • High park/conservation entry fees.

Wet season (November – May):

  • Lush and beautiful green landscapes.
  • Best season for birdwatchers as the wet season brings in migratory birds from North Africa and Europe.
  • Low tourist traffic during this season.
  • The conservation/park entry fees are relatively low during this season.
  • The tall grasses and shrubs make it difficult to spot the animals.
  • The rains make it hard to navigate the park as a result of the muddy roads.

The wet season is divided into parts. We have the short rains period of November to December and the long rains of March to May.

It is important to note that the temperature in Ngorongoro conservation area can drop significantly because of its high elevation. Therefore, whichever season or time of year you decide to visit Ngorongoro, pack some warm clothes.


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