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Best Time to Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

With Ngorongoro's wildlife remaining in the steep-walled crater all year round, the question of when to go on a Ngorongoro Crater safari is less about optimising your game viewing experience and more about how many other people and vehicles you want to share the crater with.

High visitor numbers can be expected during the dry July to September peak season and again during the December to February calving season that follows the November rains.

With this in mind, the main April to May rainy season is often considered the best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater as there are far fewer visitors and the crater is wonderfully lush and green compared to the dusty dry-season landscape.

Planning on combining a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater with other East Africa destinations? Read our advice on the:

For further advice on planning your Ngorongoro Crater safari, simply enquire with one of our Africa Safari Experts.

Ngorongoro Crater

At a Glance

Delivering some of Africa's easiest Big 5 game viewing and home to astonishing on-the-rim accommodation, the Ngorongoro Crater combines easily with the Serengeti for a comprehensive safari experience.