Drive from Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

In early September 2013 the drive from Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater was a dry, dusty affair with few animal sightings. After a morning safari we left the central region at about 11AM and headed south to the Naabi Hill gate.

Visitor at Naabi Hill gate

Visitor at Naabi Hill gate

Central Serengeti - Naabi Hill Gate

Here our guide, Tesha, processed the paper work and we climbed the hill to take in the views. Dry, flat grasslands as far as the haze would allow you to see, a preview of the drive to come.

Drive Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Maasai Village courtesy of Hali Chamney

Maasai Village courtesy of Hali Chamney

As we approached the volcanic mountains near Ngorongoro Crater we passed the occasional Maasai village, a nomadic people who herd cattle and sheep on these desolate plains.  Dressed in colorful robes, they also frequent the roadside, eager to trade a photo op for a small fee. By early afternoon we arrived at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge with views of the expansive crater. Total drive time about 3 hours.

Drive up to the crater

Drive up to the crater

First view of the Ngorongoro crater
First view of the Ngorongoro crater

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