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BEST TIME TO VISIT Tanzania

Tanzania is a must-visit destination of Africa, and for good reason too! After all, Tanzania alone, is home to the 7 natural wonders of Africa, which include the Serengeti Migration, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater! In addition, the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar add a shot of glamour to the place. The best time to visit Tanzania is during January and February, and then again from June to August. The best time can also be decided based upon the sort of activities you’re looking to indulge in. The four specific seasons that characterize most of the other parts of the world, do not exist in Tanzania. Rather, there are just two seasons here – the dry and rainy season.

The months of December to February are the best time for viewing wildlife. However, there are intermittent rains, making it neither a part of the rainy season, nor the dry season. In addition, January and February are also great times for exploring the beaches of Tanzania – owing to the cool breeze of the ocean and the mid-level temperatures, despite the heat of the sun.

Rainy Season: The first rainy season in Tanzania lasts from mid-October to December, and this is the short rainy spell. The months of March to May bring with them the longer rainy season, along with a high level of heat and humidity. The average temperature during this time is around 30 °C to 35 °C. Either of the rainy seasons are not a very good time to visit Tanzania, especially if you’re looking to encounter wildlife, and not just watch the green landscapes.

Tips: Keeping an umbrella handy at all times, along with rain covers for your bags and electronic devices. This is the period when you can get discounts at sightseeing attractions and resorts that are open – make sure you take full advantage of this!

During the longer rainy period, most national parks and resorts are closed. So, plan your trip accordingly, in sync with their time table. March is a great time for wildlife watching, owing to the spring-like conditions, lower temperatures, and the short new grass of the plains that make it easy to spot animals.

If you find yourself in Tanzania during the months of April and May, the lush greenery that you will encounter is sure to blow your socks off. In November, the rains might cause flash floods and will definitely interfere with your sightseeing plans.

Dry Season: The first dry season in Tanzania lasts from June to October. Because of being close to the Equator, there is very little fluctuation in the average temperatures all over the country. The temperature during this season mostly remains within 27 °C to 28 °C. The dry season is considered the best season to visit Tanzania, especially for game viewing.

Tips: Make sure you take along a couple of warm jackets for the nights, especially when going for game viewing because even Serengeti gets chilly towards late night.

This is the best time to visit Tanzania for wildlife viewing. If you find yourself in Tanzania during the months of June and July, you might have the best chances of experiencing the magnificent wildebeest migration. For those interested in watching wildebeest giving birth to their young ones, the months of January to February are the best bet.

July is the peak tourist season for the country, especially for the wildebeest migration spectacle. For those looking to enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, this is the perfect season, since the hot weather makes the higher elevations a little more comfortable. The summit is sure to be below freezing, no matter what time of the year you visit.

The dry season is also great for wildlife safaris, since the cooler weather makes the outdoors a lot more bearable. Also, since the rains are scarce, so are the water sources, and you can expect to see more animals come out for drinking at the community watering holes. Rains make the animals scatter, thereby forcing tourists to cover greater areas and spending more time on the safari.

Tanzania is a must-visit destination of Africa, and for good reason too! After all, Tanzania alone, is home to the 7 natural wonders of Africa, which include the Serengeti Migrat...

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