Best of Luxury Tanzania Travel
Tanzania Attractions & Things to Do
Best Time to Visit Tanzania
Tanzania encompasses a large area just south of the equator, therefore the best time to visit Tanzania depends on what activities you want to pursue. For example, the great herds of migrating Wildebeests are linked to periods of rain as they search for fresh water and grazing grounds.
Also, due to global warming, weather patterns have been changing in recent years, making weather unpredictable, . Unexpected rains and droughts now occur in areas where they are not the norm
However, by and large you can plan your Tanzania vacations by the following guidelines:
• January and February – Tanzania’s short, dry season in between months of wet weather. A good time to visit if you want to stay dry and still experience a greener Tanzania.
• March, April, May – The period of the long rainy season. Expect regular afternoon rains, high humidity and temps in the low to mid 30°C (85°F) range. Rain is typically heavier along the coast and among the islands during this time.
• June, July August, September and October – This is Tanzania’s long, dry season when it seldom rains, even offshore. Temperatures vary depending on location and altitude, but most of the country offers bright, sunny, clear days in which to enjoy your Tanzania safari and beach vacation. This is probably the best time of the year to visit.
• November and December – This is the short, rainy season when showers are lighter, but can come at more unexpected times.
East Africa Safaris
Wildlife Migration Time Table between Kenya & Tanzania
Country borders are drawn by humans. There is no border in the nature where the wildlife livies. People often ask: should I go to Kenya or Tanzania for an East Africa safari? The answer is: it depends on the time of the year you are going. The truth is – these are the same herds of wildlife running between the great plains that Kenya and Tanzania each occupy a part of. Where the wildlife is at the moment depends on where the grass they feed on is. Where the grass is depends on the rain patten.
The following is an approximate time table for the wildebeest/zebra migration between Kenya and Tanzania. These times can vary considerably, due to rains being late or early.
December-January: Birth of the young Zebra
February: Birth of the young wildebeest
March: Heavy rains begin in Tanzania
April: Migration begins traveling for the Ngoronogoro highlands to central Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
May: The wildebeest and zebra are in central Serengeti National Park
Late June-August: Migration is taking place from Tanzania into Kenya
September-October: The wildebeest and zebra are in Kenya
November: Migration begins back to Tanzania
Tanzania safari vacations offer unique but comfortable adventures to both first time Africa visitors and veteran Africa world travelers because of its political stability and unparalleled allure through such places as Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro and the great Serengeti.
The country’s versatile and varied landscape and natural and historical wonders attract travelers from all over the world to such diverse range of activities as relaxing lounges on white sand beaches, scenic hikes through the highlands surrounding Ol Doinyo Lengai and adventurous excursions to ancient and moss-covered Swahili ruins.
Explore 200 year-old caravan routes into the Dark Continent at Ujiji, Bagamoyo or Tabora. Visit once bustling trade routes from the Indian Ocean at Kilwa, and take walking tours of once famous ports for Orient bound merchants at Pangani and Mafia. Then stop by the currently active outposts of Kipili, Kalema and Kasanga which sit poetically on the shores of the remote Tanganyika Lake.
Stretch out on warm, sunlit beaches, or strike out on comfortable luxury northern safari tours at Zanzibar. Head to Lake Victoria and enjoy refreshing water sports and fishing amidst inviting islands and indigenous villages. Gaze at or hike up the wondrous Mt Kilimanjaro, one of the highest volcanoes in the world, at Kilimanjaro National Park.
Of course, no Tanzania safari would be complete without heading into the Serengeti, the largest protected area in Africa, and experiencing the wilds of the African bush and capture incredible glimpses of the majestic Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino).
Other wildlife safaris can be found within the Katavi and Ruaha National parks where wildlife expert guides will put you in touch with giraffes, zebras, hyenas, wildebeests, cheetahs and other African wildlife besides the Big Five. Trips to Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park offer some of the best viewings of chimpanzees socializing in their native wild.
Tanzania’s diverse ethnic culture, known for their warmth and courtesy, is another wonderful quality to explore. Boasting more than 100 different ethnic groups living side by side in this wonderful land, there is no shortage of cultural art and colorful traditions to savor. Kolo village not only offers African culture, but venturing outside its boundaries you can admire ancient stone paintings.
Regardless of the reasons you come to Tanzania, you’re sure to want to return again and again.
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