What is the best time for Ngorongoro and Serengeti?

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What is the best time for Ngorongoro and Serengeti? I mean the best time to combine both parks?

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  1. The best time to visit both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater is generally said to be between June to October and January to March, although prices are higher as it’s peak season.
    June to October is the cool, dry season so the animals tend to be easier to spot.
    June and July are good months for viewing the wildebeest migration, especially if you are on a budget or mid-range safari, as this is when the herds are in the most accessible parts of the Serengeti. This is also the busiest time of year. Nights are cold, especially on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
    As you get into August, the herds start to cross into the Mara, spending much of August, September and October on the Kenyan side of the Mara ecosystem. This is when you are likely to see the famous river crossings.
    Not all drive in safaris can reach this area, so if you are expecting to see the migration in these months from the Serengeti side, you may be disappointed, but wildlife viewing is still amazing with or without the migration and there are non-migratory wildebeest too.
    November and December bring the short rains, this is also an ok time to visit, not too busy and still pretty good wildlife viewing.
    April and May bring the long rains so most people tend to avoid this time of year but with the rains comes the beautiful greenery. Plus, prices are cheaper!
    My personal favourite time to visit the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater is around January, February and early March during the wildebeest calving, when the migration is in the southern part of the Serengeti and in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
    This is an awesome and very dramatic time when around 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day. This makes the predators go wild, so you will likely see a lot of lions and hyenas hunting, often at the same time.
    Last time I was there, we saw a wildebeest being chased by hyenas whilst she was giving birth. Don’t worry, she got away. But for how long, who knows.
    It’s also a bit warmer on the crater rim too, which is a bonus when you are camping.
     

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