BEST TIME TO VISIT NGORONGORO FOR A NORTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI
A few join the vast waves of migratory herds crossing the wider conservation area outside the crater in search of fresh forage. The majority remains within the crater, supplied with year-round water and pasture within its protecting caldera walls, but climate change is reducing even that! Unfortunately, the indigenous people are also threatened by the same rampant globalization that wipes out rare animals for their horns and tusks, and menaces of the flamingo breeding grounds in Lake Natron to the hypocritical stand of the Tanzanian government in support of the hunting industry in the deep outskirts of Ngorongoro-Serengeti wilderness.
AfricanMecca believes that if any of these are to be protected, they must be seen, understood, loved and remembered. This is what travel in Africa is all about. In the short-term, seasonal climate fluctuations, migration and breeding patterns influence your choice of the best time to visit the Ngorongoro. It depends on your special interests.
All seasons have their advantages with some variation in price of accommodation only. From November to December, the short rains bring hot and humid weather necessitating precautions against mosquitoes, but the crater rim is cooler. Here, warm clothes may still be necessary for early mornings and evenings.
Around January - February, there is a mass calving of wildebeest on the Ngorongoro grasslands outside the crater area, with thousands of newborn, offering amazing photo opportunities. The wobble-legged infants stagger to their feet within minutes, carefully shielded by their mothers, but still falling prey to their entourage of prowling predators, ground hugging lion cubs practicing their hunts, fast-moving cheetahs, leopard, jackals and hump-backed hyenas.
From mid-March to May the long rains keep the plains lush and green. This is the green (low) season for northern Tanzania bush holidays attracting visitors looking to take advantage of reduced prices before the peak season kicks in June. But it is the prime viewing time for speckled bird-watching adventures with AfricanMecca in various habitats accessible in the crater. Avi-migrants sampled include the pallid and montague’s harriers, caspian lapwing and rosy-breasted longclaw.
Ground nesting birds include splay-footed ostriches, grotesque kori bustards and freakish secretary birds, together with elegant grey crowned cranes. Tree nesters range from huge white backed vultures to tiny rufous tailed weavers and blue mantled superb starlings. Augur buzzards and long-crested eagles soar above the caldera rim while thousands of lesser flamingos and other waders form a pink haze on central Lake Magadi. The dry season lasts from June to October.
It is extremely popular because game is more visible in arid landscapes and keeps close to water. Many species can easily be spotted at a time including the possibility of the Big Five on a single day. Temperatures vary from mild to deep warm on the crater floor with daytime highs of 66-82 F (19-23 C) to quite chilly with nighttime lows of 46-52 F (8-11 C) on the crater rim and highlands. Don’t make any mistake. The best time to take a Ngorongoro heritage trip is NOW, before, like the three-toed pig, it disappears forever.
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CRATER GEOLOGY & WILDLIFE
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s supreme impressive geological features. It is actually a caldera, which was formed centuries ago when a massive volcano imploded and collapsed in on itself.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NGORONGORO
There is a varied choice of accommodation for bush tours in Ngorongoro, depending on your taste. Each is unique, but experiences are determined by an inimitable system of AfricanMecca Safari Tiers.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NGORONGORO
Ngorongoro Crater safari experiences revolve simultaneously around unforgettable wildlife viewing opportunities within a vast and varied ecosystem, rich with historical and cultural associations.
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GUIDE ON NGORONGORO
Sited in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa.
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There are many memorable places to visit as part of your wholesome, ecological tour in Ngorongoro. Many attractions well worth visiting on your expedition are sited inside the crater but also outside.
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MAASAI TRIBE OF NGORONGORO
The iconic Maasai of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti wilderness have been herding their cattle for thousands of years. A proud, nomadic warrior race who count their wealth in cattle and children.
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Jambo Raza, The safari trip in Tanzania was terrific - Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our guide, Rodgers is a gem - smart, funny, knowledgeable and always interested in us and our journey. Great guy. We would all recommend your group to our friends.
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AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
I can't thank AfricanMecca Safaris and everybody that I met as part of my African Safari enough for the most incredible and unforgettable vacation of my life. The lodge at Ngorongoro Crater and Kirawira Camp in the Serengeti were magnificent.
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I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
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We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
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Raza - I have to congratulate you. We had an absolutely wonderful trip - lifetime for me. All of your personnel in Africa were pleasant, positive. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge were incredibly beautiful and luxurious and Kusini Camp – Serengeti.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NGORONGORO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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