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Best Time to Visit Tanzania.
The perfect time to visit Tanzania is during the Dry seasons, normally which starts from late June to October. It is at this time where, wildlife viewing is generally at its best. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is usually during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the most popular northern circuit parks that can be visited all year-round.
Tanzania’s Seasons Month by Month.
January and February is when Tanzania is Filled in greenery with migratory birds flitting amongst foliage and the calving season in full swing. Being low season, it’s also less crowded.
March,April and May, is the one period to avoid– these are normally the rainy months.Kilimanjaro climbs are risky, the wildlife spreads out and beach holidays in Zanzibar will be soggy; afternoon downpours are heavier along the coast and islands. Some lodges in the lesser-visited south and west will also close during this period. You can get some excellent rates, so if you are on a tight budget this may be the best time to visit Tanzania.
July and August are extreme months for safaris.
For the Great Migration, the dry season, milder temperatures. But prices are also at the climax. If you are able to travel outside of the holiday period, the river crossing is still taking place – but you won’t be jostling for space.
If you must travel during peak months, consider visiting the south. This is still relatively unexplored and never overcrowded with visitors.
May through to August will be warm during the day, and the nights are cold.
Bring insulating layers for early morning game drives and evening sundowners. Open safari vehicles are teeth-chattering cold.
The Ngorongoro Crater is also jammed as it’s a relatively restricted area; again, travelling either side of the high season, June or September, means your view will be less restricted by cars. Most species in Ngorongoro don’t migrate – so you’ll still see just as much wildlife out of peak season.
September and October are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro, thanks to the moderate temperatures, lower rainfalls and less cloud cover – which means the mountain can get crowded, particularly in September. Book your trip well in advance – and remember, rain can fall at any time and it’s always icy cold at the top.
Climbing is most dangerous during the rainy season due to slippery conditions and poor visibility. Tours still run – but you’re best booking a less strenuous route and you’ll be at the mercy of the weather. Waterproof packs are essential.
Kilimanjaro is chilly year-round – but in June-August it’s at its most freezing. Pack appropriately, and don’t underestimate the cold; remember – you’ll be camping.
A beautiful way to experience Kilimanjaro’s summit is during a full moon as it lighting your way in the dark African night, the moon reflects off the glaciers; fabulous. But this time brings more climbers.
November and December bring the short rains.
These shouldn’t disrupt travel – other than attracting a few more mosquitoes – but will freshen up the dusty landscape, creating lovely scenes, particularly for photographers.
For marine and beach life, the best time to go to Tanzania is November to March, when snorkelers and divers stand the best chance of encountering whale sharks, and April to September, when green turtles hatch – particularly along the shores of the Mafia Archipelago.
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