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Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

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Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

We are planning a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater and were planning to fly from Nairobi to Arusha. Is it possible or advisable to drive instead? How long would it take, is it safe, what are road conditions, and is there much to see on the drive?

Or, is it possible to drive from the Masai Mara Nature Reserve where we will be visiting first?

Much thanks

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1. Re: Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

Arusha to Ngorongoro. Loduari gate is 170km. yes is very safe ti drive from arusha to Ngorongoro with no problem. you pass Manyara on your way as well crossing great rift valley. Nice views climbing rift valley escapement.

Yes it possible to Drive to Ngorongoro form Maasai Mara but will take at least two day you have to cross sirari board then Serengeti .

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2. Re: Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

In the same order as asked.

You cannot fly to Arusha from NBO as no immigration at Arusha. You fly to Kilimanjaro where there are services out to the west. However most strips are served from Arusha which entails an hours drive from JRO.

There are regular twice daily coach/bus services netween Nairobi and Arusha. Do a search on here for names.

The trip takes around 4 to 6 hours due to road conditions at the moment. It costs US$25 each way so is competitive. It is quite safe if a little bumpy.

You can drive but the car may have to be changed at the border crossing (Namanga) if not taxed/licensed for Tanzania.

Plenty to see as you pass over high ground. villages, livestock and sceneray and always the chance of Wildlife such as Impala and Zebra etc.,

As Ahadia says. It is possible to drive from Maasai mara but it is a tortuous route as you need to head west to cross the border and then cross the Serengeti. Allow for a very long day or an overnight. Or come right back to Nairobi and plan A above. There is NO direct crossing from Maasai Mara to Serengeti.

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3. Re: Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

Nairobi to Arusha - 5-6/hrs. by road

Arusha to Ngorongoro - 4+/hrs by road

Nairobi to JRO (flying into intl airport - 50/min) + 1/hr road to Arusha + 4+/hrs to Ngo by road

Mara to Ngorongoro - road via Isebania border, will entail at least 1 o/n in the Serengeti (which drive will total about 9/hrs), then next day 4-5/hrs from Serengeti to Ngorongoro by road.

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4. Re: Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

It used to be possible to drive from Nairobi to Arusha then connect to NCAA. Since a couple of months ago there are major repairs of that road and it takes alot of hours than expected to get to Arusha from Nairobi this might simply force some one travelling to rest in Arusha before heading to Ngorongoro

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5. Re: Drive to Ngorongoro from Nairobi?

Thanks to you all for your advice!


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