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See the Great African Migrationin Arusha, Tanzania

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Millions of wildebeests and zebras move through Ngorongoro crater during rain season.
How to see the Great African Migration in Arusha
The Great African Migration is an all-year-round phenomenon. Seeking for new grazing fields hundreds of wildebeests and zebras move through the Serengeti-Mara, and predators in their turn follow them hoping to get prey.

From December till March the migration move through plains of South Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - the edge of the crater covered with bushes and tallgrass, and in the valley there is a body of water.

About 30 000 animals inhabit the valley of the crater Ngorongoro, Arusha
Photo: About 30 000 animals inhabit the valley of the crater Ngorongoro

While migrating the animals move through about 3000 kilometers every year and eat about 4000 tonnes of grass every day. A lot of them die on the way, but about 200 000 baby animals come into the world.

How to do?

1. Lodoare Entrance Gate is the main entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area situated 160 kilometers west from Arusha city. It is better to move around the territory by 4WD jeep - the road to the crater is rough and full of surprises.

You'll definetely meet the lion on your way to the crater, Arusha
Photo: You'll definetely meet the lion on your way to the crater, © Lisa Elzey

2. The park is opened from 6am till 6pm. There are hotels and camp spots on the territory.

Where to do?

#0Ngorongoro conservation areaNgorongoro conservation area

In the mid of the conservation area there is a huge dead volcano crater that occupies 300km². About 25 000 animal species that migrate here from Serengeti inhabit the territory.

When to do?

The animals migrate through the valley of the crater during the rain season - from December till March.

How much?

Entrance fee for adults - $60, for 5-15-year-old children - $20, children under 5 - free.

If you enter the territory by car the cost is from $40 (the price depends on car type). Descending into the bottom of the crater is $100 per person for a day.

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