Best time to travel to ngorongoro conservation area
Best time to travel to ngorongoro conservation area. : Ngorongoro conservation area is a UNESCO world heritage site found in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania 180 kilometers from Arusha town the beginning spot of tours to Ngorongoro conservation area and other destinations in northern safari circuit. Ngorongoro conservation area deriving its name from ngorongoro crater a large volcano caldera covers an area of 8,292 square kilometers, this area is a great habitant for a high population of wildlife such as black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, grants zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, waterbucks, lion, giraffe, impala, topi, east African wild dog, African leopard, spotted hyenas, jackals, hartebeest, servals, blue monkey, and many more.
Climate in Ngorongoro conservation area
Ngorongoro conservation area receives climatic conditions with two seasons that is dry season and wet season, these season greatly determine the perfect time for a tourist to Ngorongoro conservation area for a safari and get an amazing experience. The season experienced in a period of time acts as a basis to the amount of wildlife you are to encounter in Ngorongoro conservation area and also determines how easy it is going to be easy for you as a tourist to navigate through the area.
Generally Ngorongoro conservation area experiences moderate climatic conditions comprising of dry and wet season, in the conservation area it’s noticed that the higher you climb the cooler it gets that is temperature in the conservation area drops by approximately 6.5°C for every 1000 meters The rim of the crater is situated at the altitude of 8530ft and the crater floor is situated at the altitude of 5577ft.
Best time to visit Ngorongoro conservation area for a safari
June to October period (Dry season)
Dry season in Ngorongoro conservation area comprises of too much sunshine with either no or little/short rainfalls in the plains of the area and this season is experienced in the in the months of June, July, august, September and October. This period is characterized with clear skies, sunny days and daily temperature range of 19°C and 66°F on the floor of the crater most especially in the afternoon. Though it is hot during days it is always cold in the morning and really cold in the night, it also gets close to freezing point at the edge of the crater, because of the coldness state in the morning and afternoon it is important to carry warm clothing if you intend to do an early morning game drive in the morning and also sleep in the area’s lodge or do camping.
This period is the best for game viewing in Ngorongoro conservation area as the grassland cover in the area is very short and you also get clear views of the crater because of the clear skies. Though this period is the best to most of the tourists, it is not perfect for tourists who are not fond of crowd as the park gets very crowded with many tourists.
November to May period (Wet season)
Wet season in Ngorongoro conservation area comprises of long and short rain falls which are received at various periods of time in the wet season, wet season in Ngorongoro conservation area is received in the months of November, December, January, February, March, April and May. Wet season is characterized with daily temperature range of about 23°C/73°F at the bottom of the crater most especially in the afternoon which usually drop to about 6°C/43°F at the edge of the crater. Because of the drop in the temperatures it occasionally get to be freezing.
Short rains: short rains in Ngorongoro conservation area experienced in the months of November, June and December, in this period it usually does not rain for entire day and rains are received in the evening.
Dry spell: In the wet season there is a dry spell that befalls Ngorongoro conservation area, this period is experienced in the period of January and February though it is very much unpredicted.
Long rains: long rains in Ngorongoro conservation area is experienced in the months of March, April and May, this period is characterized with rainy days but it does not throughout the day. Long rainy experienced average temperatures of 21°C on the floor of the crater and 6°C on the edge of the crater. In the months of April and May it is very cooler than any other period that is why you should carry warm clothing to keep you warm while on a safari in Ngorongoro conservation area.
This period is not ideally the perfect time to visit Ngorongoro conservation area to some of the tourists but for budget tourists and those who do not like crowds this period is perfect for you because of the rains this period is a low season period in ngorongoro conservation area with a fewer population visiting the park, this means accommodation prices are a bit lower and also gives a tourist more space and time to tour the park with less crowd.
SUMMARY OF PERIODS OF TIME IN NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
- Low season in Ngorongoro conservation area for a safari is experienced in the months of April and May which is a perfect time for tourists who like less crowd while on a safari
- Best weather conditions are received in the months of June to October because the area receives little rain fall
- Worst weather conditions are received in the months of March to April which is a peak period in the wet season period with heavy rainfalls
- June to October period is typically dry
- Peak season in Ngorongoro conservation area where the area receives a high population of tourists is in the period of July to march
- The peak of wet season starts in march to may
- In Ngorongoro conservation area, the nights and morning are cold
- The best time to visit Ngorongoro conservation area is in the months of June, August and September.
- The period of June to October