Ngorongoro in April

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April is the wettest month in most parts of Tanzania, and Ngorongoro is no exception, with the crater rim receiving an average monthly rainfall of 220mm. This has no direct effect on wildlife viewing - on the contrary, wildlife populations within the crater are very high in April - but it does mean that a significant proportion of game drives are likely to be partly rained. Taking other parts of the country into account, April is also the peak of the monsoon season on Zanzibar and the coast, and the worst possible month for Kilimanjaro climbs. On a brighter note, at least for those who’ve no intention of climbing Kilimanjaro or exploring the coast, this weight of negative factors mean that tourist numbers on Tanzania’s northern safari circuit tend to bottom out in April, which makes it an excellent time to experience Ngorongoro and the Serengeti at their least crowded.


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April Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

day 1

Overnight in Arusha

day 2

Explore the Tarangire National Park

day 3

Encounter the bull elephants

day 4

Morning drive to the en route of the Crater

day 5

Exploring the Ngorongoro Exploreans Lodge

day 6

Ride over the Serengeti plains

day 7

Day two in the Four Season Serengeti

day 8

Unforgettable experience! Not to be missed!

day 9

Go back home with unforgettable memories!

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