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Tanzania holds a pleasant tropical climate throughout the year but has large climatic variations throughout the regions. The costal areas, Dar es salaam and Zanzibar, are the hottest and most humid with temperatures typically ranging from afternoons around 32°C (90°F) to evenings around 23°C (73°F). Tanzania’s Northern Circuit National Parks, on average are more mild with afternoon temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F) depending on the time of year. At night time it can cool off significantly, so be sure to pack light jackets and warm clothes for the evenings and early morning safari game drives.
When to visit
The best time to visit Tanzania is from June to March. The beginning of March is when the heavy rains begin and last approximately until the end of May. The best time for wildlife viewing is June to October. This is because the country is at its driest making the vegetation less dense for optimal wildlife viewing. This is also the time of one of Africa’s naturals wonders: The Wildebeest Migration. The most beautiful time to see Tanzania is November to March where the scenery is lush, green and less crowded with tourists. November to December is when the short rains begin, but will most likely not interfere with your wildlife safari or beach vacation. January to February hosts a small dry period and is the time to see calving in the southern Serengeti and an excellent time to see predators capturing their prey.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is the motherland of all safari destinations. It is the place that everyone has dreamed of when they think of Africa. It is a place of true freedom and spectacular wildlife. It is a world heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is home to the Great Migration, a phenomenon that happens year after year where over one million wildebeest and over 200,000 zebras flow from the Northern hills, to the southern plains of the Serengeti. Located in northern Tanzania, this national park has an incredibly vast landscape – at roughly 31,667km², this land seems to run on forever, giving a true feeling of freedom in the way of wildlife. The Serengeti plains are the most iconic place of the African Savanna perfectly comprised of grasslands, rocky outcrops, volcanic soils, and leafy woodlands of acacia trees- a picture perfect Serengeti sight. When it comes to wild animals, the Serengeti is home to the majority of animals species in Africa. Of course home to the well known “Big Five” – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, it is also home to the cheetah, giraffe, hyena, hippo, gazelle, impala and many more. This magnificent place is filled with absolute wonder and aw-inspiring moments. There is a reason that the Serengeti National Park is a dream worthy African Safari Destination for everyone.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s natural wonders and it is seemingly breathtaking. This UNESCO world heritage site was formed over 2 million years ago when this giant volcano exploded causing it to collapse inwards forming a massive caldera, in which we know today as one of most beautiful and unique safari destinations in the world. The crater floor is where the safari game drives take place and it is teeming with wildlife. It has the highest concentration of animals in all of Africa and it is among the few places to see the wonderful endangered black rhino. As you drive through the surrounding conservation area, you will get the chance to see the people of the Masaai Tribe and observe how harmoniously they live among the wildlife. The landscapes seen in Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area are some of the most astonishing sights in all of Africa.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is a hidden little gem in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. If you have a love for elephants and ginormous wise trees then this national park should not be missed. Named after the Tarangire River, in which acts as the life-line for the wildlife here during the dry season, this national park attracts over 250,000 animals as a mini wildlife-migration takes place. This park holds the highest population of elephants in Africa and is home to the iconic African tree, the Baobab tree. These giant trees are know as the “tree of life” and for good reason. These trees can store between 300 and 900 litres of water, and live to about 600 years old. This tree of life offers hydration and minerals to the wildlife through its bark and its leaves, it grows energizing fruit- a favourite for the monkeys, and it holds as a habitat and home to many different animals with its hollow trunk. Tarangire National Park expresses itself as a beautiful example in how all aspects of life simply and naturally work together.
Lake Manyara National Park is known for its diverse range of natural landscapes including stunning mountainsides, beautifully filled yellow acacia tree woodlands, open grasslands and of course the majestic alkaline soda lake, Lake Manyara itself. In the wet seasons of Tanzania, you will be thrilled to see hundreds of pink flamingos all gathered together feeding on the algae that is produced from this alkaline soda lake. This sight is truly remarkable. Among the many wildlife species seen here, the most unique part about this national park is the legendary tree-climbing lions. So be sure to look up in the trees as you explore the everlasting beauty of Lake Manyara National Park.
Gombe National Park
Gombe National Park, also known as Gombe Stream National Park, is the smallest of Tanzania’s National Parks in size, but is the most famous when it comes to wildlife discoveries. This lush and untamed place is where the world renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall, lived for years studying and observing the behaviours of the endangered chimpanzees. Located on the western border of Tanzania, in the region of Kigoma, Gombe National Park sits on the shore of Lake Tanganyika and is only accessible by boat. This is one of Tanzania’s most unique and remarkable locations because visitors have the opportunity to be guided deep into the forest to observe and sit with human’s closest primate relative, the extraordinary chimpanzee. Besides chimps, this dense rainforest is home to many other primates including the olive baboon, red-tailed and red colobus monkey and a variety of tropical birdlife. The time experienced at Gombe National Park is a highlight of any visitor’s trip to Africa, and entails moments that are unlikely to forget.
Zanzibar is home to some of the finest white sand beaches in all of Africa, and is on the top of the charts for beauty when it comes to beaches of the world. Just imagine the clearest, most bright turquoise-blue coloured water that your eyes have ever seen, lined with lush palms trees and soft white sand. Picture the ultimate beach escape while sipping on fresh coconuts and spotting dolphins swimming in the distance. Zanzibar is truly a dream come true. This breathtaking place is actually a group of islands knows as The Zanzibar Archipelago and is located just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, making it an easy stopover for guests to enjoy as part of their Tanzanian Safari Tour. The most popular island of Unguja, referred to as Zanzibar Island, is also known as “the spice island” as its second main economic activity is exporting spices – mainly nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. It is also home to the world heritage site of Stone town. Visitors love to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, historic buildings and ancient spice markets. Watching the locals of Zanzibar navigate their simple life through the small and unique city of stone town is truly an experience in itself. After exploring this quaint city, visitors love to get involved in the many water sport activities that are available on the island such as scuba diving, snorkelling and kite-surfing. With an activity for everyone on this dream-like island, Zanzibar’s beauty is sure to keep you longing to escape to this tropical African island forever.