When to go to Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania, is home of both large animals and small animals, its easy to spot the big four in this open caldera since its mostly with short grass land with some swampy areas hence making it enjoyable for game drives throughout the year. The Ngorongoro crater Conservation Area harbours a range of endangered species, such as the Black Rhino, Wild hunting dog and Golden Cat, lions, Elephants, Zebras, wildebeest, hyenas among others and many bird species like Ostriches, Open bill stock, kori bustards, secretary birds, different kinds of Eagles and many others.
The climate of the conservation area favors it to be visited throughout the year though the most and the best months are dry months when the animals all come close to the caldera lake for water this makes all the hiding animals to be easily seen as predators use around the lake as there trapping traps for the prey while the grazers come there to quench their thirst making the Ngorongoro crater Conservation Area more active and lively most times easy to see lions hunt on the prey live infront of the tourist cars.
Despite the fact the crater can be visited throughout the year but the most preferred months are June to September and December to February, you car should be in good mechanical condition with 4 wheel drive a must before your allowed to descend down to the crater ad enjoy the game drives in the crater.
In January to February is the calving season for the wildebeest on the Ngorongoro crater Conservation Area both inside and outside the crater this gives one to enjoy the calving season than having long drive to Ndutu to see the calving migration, you will enjoy this period for good pictures of the new born and the process of wildebeest giving birth. This attracts more predators to be seen easily at the crater as they take opportunity of easy hunt to the young ones at most times with little struggle. The green season also known as the rainy season or low season of Tanzania bush holidays gives great advantage to visitors who want to experience the best at low cost due to reduced prices and also gives high privacy and also prime viewing time for speckled bird-watching adventures with Focus East Africa Tours in various habitats accessible in the crater. There are many bird migrants like the pallid and montague’s harriers, caspian lapwing and rosy-breasted longclaw. Ground nesting birds include splay-footed ostriches, grotesque kori bustards and freakish secretary birds, together with elegant grey crowned cranes. Tree nesters range from huge white backed vultures to tiny rufous tailed weavers and blue mantled superb starlings. Augur buzzards and long-crested eagles soar above the caldera rim while thousands of lesser flamingos and other waders form a pink haze on central Lake Magadi