Ngorongoro in August

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August is one of the driest months in Ngorongoro Crater, and with the long rains having ended two to three months ago, the landscape will be looking parched, yellow and dusty. This makes it easier to see predators on the open plains, so it is great for wildlife spotting, but the hazy skies and starker scenery tends to be less rewarding than wetter time of year for photography. It is also peak safari season, with the wildebeest migration now dispersed along the Mara river in the northern Serengeti and plenty of wildlife activity in Tarangire National Park, whilst also being popular for Zanzibar beach holidays, so things tend to be quite crowded. August is the one of the chilliest months on the crater rim (average daily maximum 20°C and nightly minimum 8°C) so bring plenty of warm clothing.


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August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

day 1

Welcome to your migration safari
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)
  • August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

day 2 to 3

Head to the Tarangire National Park

day 4 to 5

The game-rich Ngorongoro

day 6 to 7

Nature's greatest spectacle

day 8 to 9

Massive herds of wildebeest

day 10

Your migration safari ends

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