Mbeya to Ngorongoro Crater
There are many ways to get to Ngorongoro Crater from Mbeya; which are by plane, Taxi, Bus or Private car. The road is good all the way to Ngorongoro, or Mwanza if you want to take that route, but the recommended route from Mbeya to Ngorongoro by road: Mbeya, Iringa, Dodoma , Babati, Makuyuni, Karatu then you enter a protected area of Ngorongoro and you can proceed to Serengeti, If you wish to proceed to Mwanza, this will be one of the easiest and very adventorius tour!
Mbeya to Ngorongoro Crater by Bus:
At the most it will take two days. If you leave very early in the morning you will be able to get to Arusha. You can get to Dar es Salaam in a day, then the next day go to Arusha from Dar. Overnight at the Rombo Green View hotel in Dar which is very close to the Ubungo Bus Terminal. Going to Dar will be about 100km out of your way. If you want to avoid this extra 100km then go to Morogoro and stay overnight there, then get another bus to Arusha from Morogoro the next day.
You could take another toute which is: Mbeya, Iringa, Dodoma, then Babati, but the problem is that you dont have many options in Babati to go to Ngorongoro. Most people would want to go to Ngorongoro or other Northern Circuit National parks for Safari, for this case, the best place to arrange that is Arusha town. So it is good to go to Dar-Es-Salaam, overnight, and then next day take a Bus from Dar-Es-Salaam to Arusha.
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Self drive to Ngorongoro Crater from Mbeya:
If you own a car or hire one you can surely drive to Ngorongoro, if you want to use the same car to do game drive in Ngorongoro (I discourage this), then you must make sure that you get the right Vehicle for that. You have options of two route, one is: Drive from Mbeya, overnight Dar Es Salaam, and proceed the next day to Arusha, or use Mbeya, Iringa, Dodoma, Karatu route!
You can safely leave your car in Arusha town or Karatu , and get a proper Safari vehicle with a proffesional driver (If you are coming to Serengeti for the first time, I highly recommend that you do self drive in Serengeti if you are coming for the second time). The road is very good, and there are so many places where you can overnight, though I advice you to overnight only in towns.
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