When is the best time to visit Tanzania? : This is the most common question that anyone planning to visit Tanzania must consider. I would say the best time is during the dry season because I want to come for wildlife and hiking mountain Kilimanjaro for the bird lovers they will say it’s during the wet season because there are variety of birds. Hence the best season visiting the wonderful tourisms sites in Tanzania depends on the preference of the tourists. Most of people visit during the dry season hence its normally busy in different national park and al the tourism sites in Tanzania. During the dry season the weather is normally favorable for different tourism activities.
The perfect time to visit Tanzania is during the long dry season as you will have variety of activities because of the tourism activities in Tanzania are out door hence the best moment is during this time. While the wet season other tourism activities can take place but they cannot be compared to those on dry season.
Best activities to do on the dry season
This season is normally between June to October and January through the Early March, it’s the considered as the best time to visit Tanzania and have a tour because during the dry season different activities can place smoothly activities such as. As the matter of facts it’s the best time to visit Tanzania and the most preferred time by most of the tourists.
- Hike Mountain Kilimanjaro during this dry season,
The weather is cool for enjoyable trekking. The dry season offer the better and safer experience of hiking this mountain as it is made up of different landscape hence during the wet season the routes might not be favorable during hiking. On this beautiful weather the skies are clear with the most spectacular sceneries while the bright sun shines ahead which gives you the amazing photos to keep memories of this mountain. The temperature while hiking differs as the climatic condition changes the higher you go. The dry season is normally the busiest period of the year, the Marangu and Machame routes are normally over crowded because they are routes that are easier to use.
On your way up, admire the shelters of the African highest point and that is the Kilimanjaro national park. This national park is the perfect place for animal viewing, the sight of animals such as buffalos, the large African elephants, the grey duikers, tree hyrax and many others cannot be missed. The montane forest is also occupied by the blue monkeys as well as leopards. The Kilimanjaro forest offers the perfect scenery while trekking up because as you go high the vegetation cover reduces to the most spectacular view of the forest below you is just so perfect.
- Visit the Tanzania wildlife safari
The view of the wildlife is perfect during the dry season in Tanzania, as one of the most enchanting and beloved Tanzania safari place, this safari is not to be missed as it offers the wealthy of natural and cultural experiences that are completely unique and cannot be found anywhere in the world other than Tanzania. Visit the animal kingdom, in Tanzania there are many national parks such that there are more than 25,000 mammals and over 550 bird species that are found in different national parks.
Do not miss the June-July to witness the great wildebeest migration, in Tanzania this magical moment can leave you in awe as you watch the mass movement of animals between Serengeti national park and Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. When you are planning to visit Serengeti national park then the best timing would be during this times when the most thrilling event in the animal kingdom takes place. The annual mass movement of wildebeest and other herbivores between Serengeti and Maasai Mara game reserve of Kenya. The great migration is among the Seven Wonders of the World. The animal’s move over 800 kilometers as they search for pastures as well as following the rain, they are so many hence they cannot depend on pasture from a single place hence their movement is necessary. During the great movement there are about 2 million wildebeest that leads the way, followed by 400,000 zebras, 1800 eland and 200,000 Thompson’s gazelles. The timing of this movement is rarely the same annually in terms of timing as well as directions. The timing of this migrations depends on the rain seasons patterns.
- Explore the Ngorongoro crater
The Ngorongoro crater and conservation area is among the Seven Wonders of the World. The best time to visit and explore this crater is during the dry season. The crater is formed many years ago due to the volcanic eruption living bending and large hollow basin which is now inhabited by different wild animals as well as the Maasai tribe. The landscape is dessert like areas swamps land and the green oasis that is covered by the wide range of wildlife. As one of the most remarkable wild life destination, the Ngorongoro crater is home of many different wildlife that will be spotted down the crater floor. The Ngorongoro conservation area is also part of the northern tourists’ circuits of Tanzania together with other destinations such as Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park lake Manyara national park and Arusha national park.
Take a walks to the Olmoti crater and Empakaai craters, these are the near craters which are quit and beautiful with the green grasses layers on its surface just like the green carpet. This craters are mostly used by the Maasai for grazing their cattle’s. The bushbucks, reedbucks and occasionally the buffalos can be spotted here. The south walls of the caldera, there is stream named the Munge stream that forms the delightful water falls that runs several meters into Ngorongoro crater and feed its water into the lake Magadi.
Most of the activities can take place during the dry season visit towards the Ngorongoro crater which includes, game drive, trekking on the rim of Ngorongoro crater, camping, visit the Empakai waterfalls and visiting the Olduvai Gorge. All these are the outdoor activities hence the bet time would be on the dry season to avoid interruption with rain.
- Spend time on Zanzibar’s beaches
After along tour on either the northern circuits in different national park or even trekking on mount Kilimanjaro the perfect place to relax and get some rest is just on the beaches on the Zanzibar. The soft sand will massage your feet’s while the bright sun shines on your face only the warm water can make you feel relaxed and calm. The visit to this beautiful island on the dry season because the weather is so friendly, you can for fishing and have a ride on the local dhows that are used by the local fisher men found in Zanzibar. Enjoy the foods, meet the kind people of Zanzibar and learn their culture.
Visit different islands and explore different fishes as well as the tortoise, visit the stone town, prison tour as well as the spice tour on the streets of Zanzibar. Visit the forodhani markets and taste different foods that will water your mouth. Have the opportunity to swim with dolphin as this is their home, watch them as the speed and enjoy the water Indian Ocean.
On a note the best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season because you will enjoy different outdoor activities. The wet season are also friendly for a tour but they won’t be explorative like on dry season. The perfect time for bird watching on the wet season if you’re a bird lover then the great time is on the wet season normally between March and May because there is heavy rain here.