Climbing Kilimanjaro is an amazing adventure in its own right, but if you are heading down to Tanzania on this epic expedition, it makes perfect sense to extend your trip with a 3 or 4 day safari in the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti Plains.
If you have plenty of time and plenty of dollars in your back pocket, a Serengeti Safari is a great choice, especially during the Great Migration, but the most comfortable way to get to your safari lodge in the Serengeti is by a small charter plane, and these flight tickets will push up the cost of your safari significantly. That said you can reach the Serengeti by road, so if you are prepared for some 4 x 4 action and approximately 8 hours in a jeep, then you can definitely save a few bucks doing it that way.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage site situated just two hours from Arusha (your base for Kilimanjaro). A conservation area covering some 8,300 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro Crater is often described as one of the world’s natural wonders, and as it is home to Africa’s Big 5 and a variety of other species, it is one of the best places in Tanzania for game viewing.
Due to its strategic positioning, the Ngorongoro Crater attracts thousands of Kilimanjaro adventurers each year, and while you can expect to see more ‘traffic’ that you would in the Serengeti, chances are, you will see more animals too, so it all depends what kind of experience you are looking for.
If you want to tag a 3-day safari onto your Kilimanjaro climb, the Ngorongoro Crater is the perfect choice. It’s close, affordable, and bursting with lions, elephants, wildebeest and zebra, so your next photo opportunity is never far away. Plus, on route to Ngorongoro, you will have chance to visit Lake Manyara, Karatu Town, and visit a Maasai tribe – so you can see far more of Tanzania that just Kilimanjaro and its surrounds.