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The Ngorongoro Highlands
make up a dramatic range of volcanic mountains that straddles the rift valley escarpment in Northern Tanzania
. The vast majority of safaris through this part of the world drive up and over the Ngorongoro Highlands when travelling between Lake Manyara
in the south and Serengeti
in the north.
Being a highland area, Ngorongoro does experience much higher rainfall and much lower temperatures than the surrounding plains, so seasonality can be more of an issue, especially if you are planning a longer stay including various hiking and trekking options. But if you are simply passing through the Ngorongoro Crater then the wildlife viewing and general conditions are much more reliable year round and the timing of your visit is far more likely to be dictated by the seasonality of the surrounding safari areas.
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this area ...
We divide the highlands into four areas, each of which has their own distinct character and reasons to visit ...Ngorongoro Crater
... is a one of the most iconic safari locations in Africa, an incredible caldera filled with virtually the whole range of East African wildlife, but which can suffer from from high traffic volumes.Ngorongoro Karatu
... is an area of beautiful high altitude farmland on the southern side of the highlands which can provide a really pleasant change of pace in a safari and where there are some lovely farm-style lodges, a great alternative to staying up at the crater.Ngorongoro North
... is a surprisingly remote area of wonderful high altitude scenery which contains some superb hiking and trekking options, most notably the three day trek from the mysterious Empakai Crater down the Rift Valley Escarpment to Lake Natron.Ngorongoro South
... is a similarly remote area, the starting point for one of our favourite day hikes, up over the last of the volcanoes and down into the Serengeti Plains.