When to Go in Ngorongoro Crater


When to Go

Avoid April and May as these months are particularly wet in the crater. Because there's no restriction on the number of vehicles, there can be far more than a hundred at one time in the high season (January to the end of September. It's amazing to have a close-up encounter with some of Africa's finest game, but not if you're surrounded by other vehicles and often very noisy, boisterous tourists. It's best to go down as early as possible (the gates open at 6 am) to avoid the later traffic jams. But the crater is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so grit your teeth, ignore all the other tourists, and enjoy one of the world's most spectacular destinations.


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