A trip to Tanzania should be on every tourist’s wish list. In 2021, most countries have removed travel restrictions and travel lovers can explore the world once again! This beautiful country is home to pristine beaches, friendly locals, delicious food, ancient ruins, bustling cities, spectacular wildlife, and colorful birds. For planning a trip to this ideal tourist location, here is a guide to determine the best time for someone to visit Tanzania.
Tanzania experiences its dry season from June to October, when it faces little to no rainfall, and the weather is pleasant. Between the months of November to February the wet season continues, but showers are short and mostly occur in the afternoon, thus posing little to no risk to the trip. The peak of the wet season is from March to May, when the region faces a lot of rain and thunderstorms, which might interrupt the vacation. As per the weather, the best time to visit is the dry season i.e. June to October.
High vs Low Season
People travel for various reasons. Some want to meet new people from all over the world, others want to escape the crowds and enjoy some privacy away from the hustle of daily life. The high season occurs between July to March, and January and February, when major tourist spots and national parks are crowded. For those who wish to get away from the crowds, and enjoy the discounts and deals of the low season, the rest of the year is a better option when deciding the time of their visit.
From November to March. Tanzania is home to exotic and migratory birds. Tourists can spot beautiful species such as hornbills, storks, owls, vultures, spurfowl, flamingoes, ashy starlings, barbets, Fischer’s lovebirds, sunbirds, weavers, green pigeons, eagles, fiscals, parrots, partridges, and shrikes!
In the dry season, animals are easier to spot as they gather around sources of water, such as ponds and lakes. As vegetation and foliage is thinner, one can easily find wild animals. As there is no interruption from rain, tourists can enjoy spotting wildlife creatures such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, buffaloes, impalas, and elephants! Tourists can easily go on walking safaris as paths are dry, and find spectacular flora and fauna that can make their trip memorable!
For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, one must consider the ideal time for their trip. Although the hike can be enjoyed at any time of the year, the main seasons are from January to March and from June to October. The dry season makes it easier and safer for beginners to trek the mountain, and the weather is pleasant.
The Great Migration
The Great Migration is a magnificent sight for tourists to behold, as they can witness two million wildebeests in the biggest animal migration in the world. From January to March, tourists can witness the calving season, when 500,000 newborn calves are born. Predator on prey action increases, so this is a good time for game viewing. Another great time to visit is from July to September, as the herds move into the Maasai Mara in Kenya by crossing the Mara river, and cross back into the Serengeti.
Most tourists would prefer visiting in the dry season, when wildlife and birdlife can easily be spotted, and there is little chance of interference from the weather. However, this is the busy season, and the low season is more affordable as well as more private, as tourists can escape the crowds. Most locations, such as the Serengeti, are perfect throughout the year.