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    Hello,

    I hope someone can give me some advice / tips.

    We enter the Ngorongoro Park early in the morning.

    We don t go into the crater this year.

    We only transit to the Serengeti.

    We have a couple of hours.

    Where do we have the best view down at the crater and are there other spots that yousay is A must see??

    The period is end of July.

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi Sylvia, best view is from the lodges, Crater Lodge has telescopes on their front lawn. No problem to park there and walk through to the view over the crater.

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    Good plan, Tony! All the lodges are in the best sites, of course. There is also a fabulous viewpoint just after you have entered the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate and have reached the rim. However, you will be there in July and the rim is generally swathed in thick mist in the mornings. But if you are transiting to the Serengeti, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to get to the Naabi Hill Gate and thence on to your campsite. This road is terrible.

    There is also a good viewpoint from the access road going into the crater. You can stop at the barrier - but you will be mobbed by Masai wanting to sell you things etc. There it is at a slightly lower altitude and you might be under the mist and actually get a view in the early morning.

    But nothing in the Ngorongoro beats going into the crater - despite the cost and the other vehicles.

    If you are interested in palaeontology, stop at Olduvai Gorge and see where the Leakeys found some of the earliest remains of Early Man. This can be a good place to stop for your picnic lunch.

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    Thanks Tony and Wazungu
    I noted all the tips
    Great help, thank you

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    Speaking about crater views: does anyone know of lodges with a good view that would allow self drivers in for a drink on their nice terrace with a view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetah80 View Post
    Speaking about crater views: does anyone know of lodges with a good view that would allow self drivers in for a drink on their nice terrace with a view?
    I'm pretty sure you can pull into any of the lodges for a beer on their terrace. Who's going to stop you?

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    Nobody is going to stop you, but it is always a good idea to have a coffee or a beer. In East Africa - apart from a few very exclusive lodges/camps - we always roll into the nearest lodge to where we are camping to check it out and have a drink.

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    That is good to hear! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetah80 View Post
    That is good to hear! Thank you!
    A good thing to remember is that most of the lodges in the more remote areas have a drivers'/staff duka (shop) stuck away, usually in the workshop area, and nobody will stop you from going there to top up on beer and other essentials.

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    Hi Sylvia, If you are renting a 4x4 in Tanzania, probably you can ask to the Rental company for a TANAPA card pre-loaded with your exact fees in order for you to pay for the National Parks. In respect to NCA you can, again, ask to the same company to have a " NCA smart card" pre-loaded with the NCA amount. This will save you the hassle of going around on a weekend trying to pay the fees, which you will probably not! You will have the card and pin codes when you get the car.

    Tony´s last recommendation is very wise and practical.

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    Still with the TANAPA card, will save you of using your credit cards around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    A good thing to remember is that most of the lodges in the more remote areas have a drivers'/staff duka (shop) stuck away, usually in the workshop area, and nobody will stop you from going there to top up on beer and other essentials.
    Thank you! This wouldn't have occurred to me It might help that I will be visiting the Serengeti this year too on a guided trip and will stay at a couple of tented camps - hoping they will remember me next year

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