When to go on safari in Tanzania
When to go on safari in Tanzania : Tanzania has superb wildlife viewing and many other activities which can be carried out around different destinations during a safari.
Wildlife viewing experiences around the safari destinations of Tanzania can be done for a number of days depending on the destination. These safaris can be done ranging from one day safaris to over 3 weeks.
The best time to engage in a safari in Tanzania is during the dry season around June to October when wildlife species can be spotted around the savannah plains. This is also the time of the year when wildlife species can be spotted around the water points in the national parks.
For a chance to see the wildebeest migration during a safari to Tanzania, tourists can engage in safaris around the month of December to March when the calving season can be seen in the grass plains around the Ngorongoro conservation area and the southern plains of Serengeti national park.
The wildebeest migration in Tanzania can also be seen around June to August which is a time for the river crossing along the Mara river which is found north of Serengeti national park and the Grumeti river in the western part of Serengeti national park. Over 2 million wildebeests can be seen during the wildebeest migration which takes place annually across the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
During a safari in Tanzania, the big 5 are also among the wildlife species which can be seen when exploring the national parks. The big five include elephants, lions, buffalos, rhinos and leopards. They can be seen around destinations such as Serengeti national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area, Ruaha national park and there are also destinations in Tanzania which have some of the big 5 and not all of them.
When visiting Tanzania, tours can also be carried out to the island of Zanzibar which is found on the Indian ocean. A number of activities are done during tours on Zanzibar island and these include swimming, snorkeling, diving, stone town tours, beach walks, boat rides, kite surfing, visiting the spice farms among other activities. Best time for beach holidays on Zanzibar island is also in the dry season from June to October and also in January and February.
Tanzania is also known for offering amazing hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol donyo lengai, Usambara mountain, Udzungwa mountain among other locations. Mount Kilimanjaro is famous for hikes during safaris in Tanzania and it is the highest mountain in Africa at 4895 meters and the routes which are used for hiking include Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, Umbwe route, Rongai route and also the Shira route. The best time for hiking during a tour to Tanzania is the dry season and also January to early March. The rainy season is a time of the year when the trails are slippery and it is not a good time to hike when visiting Tanzania.
Bird watching is also carried out during tours in Tanzania and it is also carried out around different destinations and the best time to engage in this activity is November to April when migratory bird species can be seen. Tanzania is also an amazing birding destination with endemic species as well as migratory bird species which can be seen during a tour around the parks. The bird species that can be seen when touring Tanzania include kori bustards, bee eaters, barbets, rufous tailed weavers, red billed hornbills, yellow barbets, crowned eagles, Fischer’s turaco, yellow necked spurfowl, northern white crowned shrike, secretary birds, ostriches, herons, egrets, grey crowned cranes, lilac breasted rollers among others.
There are different seasons to engage in a safari in Tanzania and they include the low season and high season. During the high season, many tourists visit Tanzania and engage in safaris around various safari destinations such as in the dry season from June to October which is a good time for wildlife viewing. In the low season, the number of tourists visiting the safari parks in Tanzania is not as many as in the high season and the price for safaris is also discounted.
Tanzania has the rainy season and the dry season with the dry season around June to October and two rainy season around November and also March to May.
Depending on the time of a safari to Tanzania, what to pack for the safari also varies. What to bring for a safari to Tanzania includes binoculars, sun protection, insect repellant, toiletries, gadgets, long sleeved shirts, t-shirts, trousers, a safari hat, socks, a day pack among other items.
Safaris in Tanzania can be carried out at any time of the year to the different national parks found in the northern safari circuit, in the western part of Tanzania and also around the safari parks in the southern part of Tanzania. The northern part of Tanzania is famous for Tanzania wildlife safaris which take place around Serengeti national park, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area and also in Arusha national park.
The national parks which are visited during safaris in the western part of Tanzania include Gombe national park, Mahale national park and also Katavi national park. Chimpanzee tracking can be done during a tour to the western part of Tanzania in Gombe national park.
A safari in the southern part of Tanzania involves visiting destinations such as Ruaha national park, Mikumi national park and Selosu game reserve also known as Nyerere national park.
Wildlife species which can be seen during safaris around the national parks and reserves of Tanzania include elephants, lions, buffalos, leopards, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, impalas, kudu, waterbucks, hartebeests, zebras, cheetahs, elands, hyenas, warthogs and many others.
A number of activities are carried out during safaris around Tanzania and they include game drives which are done in the morning, afternoon and in the night in some of the wildlife viewing destinations. Other activities done on safari include nature walks, bird watching, hiking, beach excursions, and cultural tours among others which can be done at different months of the year.
Book a tour to Tanzania and enjoy a memorable safari experience across various wildlife viewing destinations.