Hello, 4 of us friends will be doing a self-drive on the Northern Circuit. We will be staying at Simba camp of the NCA on the night of Jan 19th, our plan is to wake up early, pick up a guide, pay for a permit and then self-drive into the crater.
I would like to iron out the particulars of picking up the guide and paying for the permit as early as possible.
Do we do this at the park headquarters or can we arrange for a guide/permit at the camp site or any of the local lodges?
Is there a way to do this the evening before heading into the crater, or will we have to do it in the early morning before the drive.
Also, after our time in the crater, we would like to buy dinner at a local lodge before returning to Simba camp for the evening. Do any of the restaurants on the crater rim provide a good meal with a view for non-guests>