daytrip (or halfday trip) to Ngorongoro crater from Moshi possible?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 21, 2012 4:30 AM Last Post By: mamajoshua
Jan 2, 2012 4:02 PM
1) How far is Moshi from Ngorongoro crater by car? If it's less than 2 hours then I'd think it possible to see Ngorongoro Crater as a daytrip from Moshi, right?
2) Roughly how much would a reputable and respectable tour guide/car cost for a half-day or day trip to Ngorongoro?
3) Between Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro crater, which one would you choose? Would I see roughly the same type of animals at both?
Jan 2, 2012 4:25 PM
Jan 2, 2012 10:34 PM
2Hi how are you doing my friend .From moshi is 270km to reach the main gate of Ngorongoro, then you will drive 25km to reach the descending point,Real its a very beautiful place to see in Tanzania.It will cost you $300 only for car and $200 for crater fees and $50 for your park fees.
Arusha national park
From moshi only 70km to reach the gate it will cost you $160 for car and $35 for park fees if you will like to have a walking safari you will need to add $20 for walking inside the park if you will like to do canoeing safari in lakes momella you will need $100 this you need to pay in advance.
have a lovely time Patrick
Jan 3, 2012 2:40 AM
3Patricks answer covers all the details. If you're only here once, then it would be worth the effort to see Ngorongoro - being one of the wonders of the world. You do share it with a lot of other vehicles though and would be best to stay there night after or night before. (you said you had 2days and 1 night free)
Arusha Park is lovely too, and would be more relaxing without a lot of travelling.
I guess what I'm saying is if it were me (living here) I'd chose Arusha NP for such a short time. But it I was just visiting, I'd make the effort to see Ngorongoro. You probably have a better chance of seeing the big 5 in Ngorongoro,
Jan 3, 2012 3:00 AM
4As a 4 time visitor to Tanzania - I love the place and the people (mostly!) and when asked I always say that if there is only time/money for a two day safari then I tell people that you have to go to Ngorongoro. Yes it might be possible to do it as a one day (half day actually) from Arusha but not from Moshi. If you are based in Moshi then put aside two (better make it three days) and do NGO, Lake Manyara and Oldupai/Olduvai gorge. You will cover almost the full range of animals and scenery. Go and enjoy.
Jan 3, 2012 11:42 AM
5The quantity and variety of animals that you'll see in Ngorongoro is better than Arusha N.P.
What day do you come off the mountain, and when do you fly home? If you come off the mountain and fly home the next night then the Crater will be tough. But if you have one more day (ex. finish the climb on Tuesday, fly home on Thursday), then you might be able to do the Crater.
Jan 4, 2012 12:20 AM
6There are several tour companies in Moshi that do Ngorongoro crater as a day trip, just with a very early departure time. You get to sleep a little bit on the way to the crater. The best viewing time is in the morning so I would not go if you will arrive late morning. The biggest difference in animals is that Arusha N.P. does not have lions but Ngorongoro does not have giraffes. The density of the animals in the crater is very high and the animals are not as skitterish as some of the other parks, making it very nice for viewing up close. The crater itself is also very beautiful but it is an expensive trip. You can also consider Tarangire as a day trip, especially if you go during dry season. I personally like this park a lot. Have a great trip.
Jan 4, 2012 12:44 PM
7Arusha NP can be visited on a half day basis (from either Moshi or Arusha) and it is a very worth while and inexpensive park to visit. Tarangire (also known as elephant central) is a great park to visit at all times of the year - although you will see more elephants during the dry as they have to come to the river to drink (almost daily). On balance I would vote for NGO (with a half day at Lake Manyara on the way out) - this would cover the giraffes and some of the bird life.
May 21, 2012 4:30 AM
8From Moshi, Ngorongoro is a 6 hour drive. Arusha National Park is 45 minutes but nothing spectacular for animal sightings. Tarangire or Lake Manyara are both 3.5-4 hours.
Ngorongoro or Tarangire or Lake Manyara are all options. You could leave the morning of day 1, have an afternoon/evening game drive and then an early morning game drive the next day and head to the airport by noon for the evening flight out. Ngorongoro is substantially more expensive than the other two due to the vehicle crater fee and park fees are double that of the others.
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