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Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:34 pm
do you recommend to visit other safari besides Serengeti?
we heard that Ngorongoro is lovely as well! Is there a big difference between these two?
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Joseph, very good question.
There are many National Parks for safari in East Africa. Serengeti is the best known and very big. But sometimes can be overcrowded (by people, not wildlife ha ha) because many tourists choose the same time for a safari. In Serengeti you can see a lot of wildlife, from the big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) to many bird types. And it's a bit warmer than in Ngorongoro, due to the low height, above sea level.
Ngorongoro is very beautiful, like a huge plain, or crater, in the middle of the mountains. It's the homeland of the Masaai tribe. In fact, they are the only ones who live there, together with the lions, cheetahs, leopards and other wild animals. Also, in this crater you can see a very nice museum with the 4 million years old human footprints. It's called Olduvai Museum. It's worth visiting, it takes about 5 hours depending on where you camp inside Ngorongoro. Also, usually this is not so crowded like Serengeti.
So both these to N.P. are worth visiting, both have ups and downs.
When do you plan to visit? Your experience can be nice or a bit 'rainy', depending on the month you choose to visit.
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:50 pm
I think they are both beautiful, each in his own way.
Serengeti is very big with lots of lion packs, buffalos, cheetahs, birds and many others. Some very nice parks are also: Tarangire, Lake Manyara or Arusha. This last one is very close to the Arusha town, which is a very very beautiful location. And in this park you can go by foot! It's about 25 km away from the city and you can even visit it with a city card, you don't need a 4x4. It's lovely
Also Serengeti is the place where you can see the Great Migration, when the wildebeests and the zebras cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania. some estimates put the total number around 2.000.000 animals! Imagine that!
Ngorongoro is definitely to be done only in a 4x4, as it's a pretty tough trip. It's a region full of mountains and this place is basically a crater. You can see there many types of animals, sometimes in very large packs. So both are nice visiting, depending on your budget and time. Both locations have low, middle and high range accommodation, from simple (but safe and comfortable) tents, to 5* lodges.
Make sure to take a nice camera with you, there are plenty of chances to take greats photos.
Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:06 pm
Thank you for your replies, I appreciate it!
I think we will try to make time for Ngorongoro as well, it sounds like an adventure!
We are planning our trip at the beginning of july, so do you think we should take our raincoats as well?
And could you please tell me how low can the temperatures get there at that time of the year?