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Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

The Ngorongoro Crater is over 1,000 feet deep and 15 miles in diameter. More than 25,000 large mammals roam the grasslands and forests of the crater floor, including lion, elephant, black rhino and immense flocks of pink flamingos. The Serengeti can be reached ...

The Ngorongoro Crater is over 1,000 feet deep and 15 miles in diameter. More than 25,000 large mammals roam the grasslands and forests of the crater floor, including lion, elephant, black rhino and immense flocks of pink flamingos. The Serengeti can be reached from the crater by charter plane or a five-hour drive. This magnificent reserve is more than 200 miles long and is surrounded by contiguous conservation areas. Expect to see every imaginable predator, from lion and cheetah to opportunistic hyena and vultures, all waiting their turns to feed on the more than 2 million migrating herbivores. From January to March, the wildebeest migration congregates on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. The migration usually passes through the Grumeti region of the western Serengeti in mid-June, reaching the Mara River in August. 

WHEN TO VISIT

Avoid the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. The rest of the year typically brings cool nights and warm, sunny days. The Ngorongoro Crater is subject to cool winter nights (45-55 F) from June through September as a result of its 7,300-foot elevation. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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