When to go to Tanzania? Weather, climate, safari সেরা best duration by region

Following in the footsteps of the Big Five, entering the slopes of Kilimanjaro, exploring the seabed of Zanzibar এখানে here is a brief description of what it is like to travel to Tanzania. Our advice is to choose the right travel date to explore different parts of the country according to your wishes.

Located a few degrees below the equator between the two tropics, Tanzania enjoys a tropical climate, mainly influenced by altitude. The seasons in Tanzania are mainly divided into two parts: the green season and the dry season. In each of the two seasons, the duration of the rains changes, more or less briefly. We then talk about the short rainy season (October to December) and the long rainy season (March to May), which occurs between the two dry seasons, long (June to October) and short (January to February).

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When is the best time to visit Tanzania National Park?

Uncrowded, Ruaha National Park and its Baobab forest are ideal for peaceful safaris. Magda / stock.adobe.com

The best time to safari in Tanzania is from late June to October. During this dry season, the plants become thinner and the animals gather near the water source, which greatly increases their chances of seeing them. However, keep in mind that some reservations may be particularly popular during this time. If you want to avoid crowds, consider your Tanzania safari in the short dry season, from late December to February or the green season, March to May. The latter also coincides with the return of migratory birds, which delights ornithologists.

A herd of elephants in front of a tent in the Namiri plain camp on the eastern side of the Serengeti. Stanislas Foutre / Le Figaro

In Serengeti National Park, about 1.5 million wild animals move each year in search of new pastures and water. December to May is the best time to observe them in the southern part of the park, while from June to October you will be more likely to see them in the western corridor and the northern region. The Silas Reserve is crossed by the Rufizi River and several tributaries which make it an ideal water network for boat safaris. Uncrowded, Ruha National Park, surrounded by the famous Baobab River, is perfect for a peaceful safari. In the Mahale Mountain National Park, in addition to elephants, leopards and buffaloes, you will find chimpanzees in their natural habitat overlooking Lake Tanganyika on the slopes of the mountains. There are some of the most famous parks in the north of the country, such as the Engorangoro National Park, whose pits especially affect mammal habitats, and the Masai, who share their territory with large carnivorous predators. Also worth visiting are Maniara, Arusha and Tarangi National Parks.

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When is the best time to visit Kilimanjaro in Tanzania?

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, about 6000 meters above sea level. It is advisable to climb with a guide. Lubo Ivanco / stock.adobe.com

The climate in Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895 m), can be very variable throughout the year, but the best time to climb is between July and October, when the sky is clear. This contrasts sharply with other times of the year, especially between April to May and November to December, when rain, mud, snow and fog can disrupt the overall experience and in extreme cases increase the risk of mountaineers due to slippery conditions and poverty. Visibility

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

Throwing rocks off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar lives periodically along the Indian Ocean. You can swim in the clear, turquoise blue waters and explore the various small islands. Moiz / stock.adobe.com

The Zanzibar Islands are best discovered from June to October, when the mercury is about 29 degrees Celsius. The period from December to February is the warmest year, with the maximum temperature reaching 33 degrees Celsius, while the wet season comes in March and lasts till May. Unguja Island, also known as Zanzibar, the capital and residence of the old quarters of Stone Town, its houses are decorated with verandas and wooden doors, revealing the diverse attractions of the past. A few kilometers south is Mafia Island, famous for its pristine beaches and attractive seabed which are best discovered in August and September, when the water visibility is 25 meters. Nickname Green Island Due to its abundant vegetation, Pemba is also distinguished by its aquatic life, making it more suitable for experienced divers due to its strong ocean currents.

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