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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


Highlights:

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.

Ngorongoro Weather
Month Temp Prec.(mm)
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
  Best Time
June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
  High Season
Most of the year – July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds of visitors)
  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)

June to October –Dry Season


  Wildlife is easier to spot since the grass is shorter in the 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


 Ngorongoro Crater offers excellent wildlife viewing, even in the 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
Best Time to visit Tanzania by Major Park
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