Approximately 2.5 million years ago, Mount Kilimanjaro had a volcanic rival. What is now the biggest volcanic caldera in the world, was once a volcanic mountain. There are now roughly 30,000 animals in this area with species such as zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, hyenas and lions in abundance.
Alongside the wildlife, many Masaai families call this place home. Approximately 42,000 Masaai tribes people live here, farming the land and herding cattle, making this the only park where man and beast co-exist in harmony.
This UNESCO world heritage site is not only a beautiful example of Tanzanian landscape, it’s a historical site. The park is home to Olduvai Gorge, where Dr Leaky first discovered human remains so ancient that they proved that the human species originated in Africa.
Size: 8,300 sq km
Olduvai Gorge – also known as ‘the cradle of mankind’, this is a fascinating site! Here you can see how the earth changed with the passing of time and how that affected the evolution of man.
The Big Five – the dense wildlife within the crater includes all of the big five. Although it is not a sure thing to witness them all in one day, you will no doubt tick a few of them off your list!
Species: black rhinoceros, wildebeests, zebras, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions, leopards, elephants, mountain reedbuck, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, cheetahs and over 500 species of bird which include ostrich, white pelican, and flamingo.
|Jan||Min: 23C/55F – Max: 25C/77F||87|
|Feb||Min: 13C/55F – Max: 25C/77F||104|
|Mar||Min: 14C/57F – Max: 25C/77F||137|
|Apr||Min: 15C/59F – Max: 23C/73F||140|
|May||Min: 14C/57F – Max: 21C/70F||60|
|Jun||Min: 12C/54F – Max: 21C/70F||12|
|Jul||Min: 11C/52F – Max: 21C/70F||6|
|Aug||Min: 11C/52F – Max: 22C/72F||7|
|Sept||Min: 12C/54F – Max: 24C/75F||7|
|Oct||Min: 13C/55F – Max: 25C/77F||27|
|Nov||Min: 14C/57F – Max: 24C/75F||85|
|Dec||Min: 14C/57F – Max: 24C/75F||113|
June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
Most of the year – July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds of visitors)
April and May (The only time when the crater has few crowds)
June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
March and April (Peak of Wet season)
June to October –Dry Season
Rain is little to none and sunshine is abundant
Chances of contracting malaria are slimmer, as there are fewer mosquitoes
The Ngorongoro crater gets very crowded
Mornings and nights get very cold
November to May –Wet Season
The scenery is green and beautiful
Low season occurs in April and May – tourists are fewer, and there may be better rates
Birding is in its prime due to the presence of migratory birds
Except for in March and April, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip
March to April is the peak of the Wet season
It is cold during the nights and mornings, so it is important to pack warm clothing
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