WHEN TO GO TO NGORONGORO
With Ngorongoro’s wildlife remaining in the steep-walled crater all year round, the question of when to go on Ngorongoro Crater safari is less about optimizing your game viewing experience and more about how many other people and vehicles you want to share the crater with. Game viewing within the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent all year round. However the best time to visit the park is in the dry season which starts in June, then July, August and September since you can see several animals then.
January – February (dry season)
During this time, 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.
June to October; Dry Season (peak season)
At this time, 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. It is extremely popular because wildlife 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. It is easy to see the Wildlife since the vegetation is not very thick and the animals normally gather around the various water holes plus rivers. It barely rains and even may never rain at all, although there is plenty of sunshine. There are minimal Chances of getting malaria since there are very few mosquitoes. During this season, The Ngorongoro crater is crowded with tourists. the Mornings as well as the nights are cold so for those going for early morning game drives, we recommend that you take with you warm clothes.
November to May (the Wet Season)
Even though wildlife is easily seen in June up to September, this amazing Crater presents tremendous game viewing all year round. I has a beautiful green scenery. The low season is in the months of April and May, during which there are fewer Tourists and perhaps lower accommodation rates. During these months, it’s the best time to see birds since there are several migratory birds inside the park. However in March, April as well as May, there are short rains and your afternoons will be interfered with storms.
March up to May (The peak of the wet season starts)
During this season, the nights are cold and so are the mornings and the long rains keeping the plains lush and green. You will need to pack enough warm clothes for a safari during this time. 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 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 starling