The forces of nature at their best, the Ngorongoro Crater are one of the most unparalleled wildlife viewing areas. Part of the mighty Rift Valley the crater is the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sqkms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder and is home to the colourful Maasai people and if black rhino is what you want to see, this is likely to be the place. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The Conservation Area is also full of wonderful hiking opportunities.
The Crater has top wildlife viewing all year round, being superb for spotting predators. The crater rim has excellent public campsites and a good selection mid-range and luxury lodges and staying in these offers great views into the crater
Best Time to Go
- Best time to go: June to September for general wildlife viewing
- High Season: Most of the year – July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds)
- Low Season: April and May (The only time when the crater has few crowds)
- Best Weather: June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
- Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
- Wildlife is easier to spot since vegetation becomes less lush in the dry season, and animals will gather around rivers and water holes.
- Rain is little to none. Sunshine is abundant.
- The Ngorongoro crater gets very crowded.
- Mornings and nights get cold. Warm clothing is necessary to go on morning game drives.
- The scenery is green and beautiful.
- Low season occurs in April and May. Tourists are fewer and there may be better rates.
- Birding is at its prime due to the presence of migratory birds.
- Except for in March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip.
- March to May is the peak of the wet season.
- It is cold during the nights and mornings. It is important to pack warm clothes.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see wildlife because your time is short. Ngorongoro Crater is easily done in a day. Head off early from our B&B with a delicious packed lunch, for what can be the most unexpected day.
Olduvai Gorge is internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans and magnificent antiquities documenting the evolutionary history of our stone tool-using ancestors, vertebrate fauna, and the environments over the last two million years. Olduvai is the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, which grows in the gorge. The Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution. A stop off at the Museum on your way to or from Serengeti is well worth the time.