Currently, the world is undergoing the COVID-19 crisis, but we hope things will return to normal soon, and travels will resume. Till then, it is a great idea to plan a trip to Tanzania, which is one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world. We hope the pandemic will be gone by October, which is a great time to visit this location.
In October, Tanzania goes through the dry season, which is the best time for safaris and game viewing. The average temperature is 29’C during the day and may go down to 16’ at night, which is pleasant and suitable. With little to no rainfall, clear skies, and adequate sunshine, this is the ideal time for many exciting and memorable activities.
Here are the top 8 destinations in Tanzania that we should visit in October!
October is a great time to visit Arusha, as the weather is pleasant so the trip is less likely to be interrupted by rain. Visitors who wish to climb Mount Meru will have a great trekking experience, enjoying the scenic views of clear skies, grassy plains, and magical sunsets. Bird watching is ideal at Arusha National Park, as it is home to 400 species of exotic birds, such as hornbills, pelicans, flamingos, storks, and egrets.
October is the best month for visiting the Serengeti if tourists wish to see the Great Migration of two million wildebeests. As it is the dry season, animals gather near water sources, and can be spotted through the low grass. Tourists can find animals such as antelopes, weavers, buffaloes, lions, impalas, gazelles, hippopotamus, hyenas, elands, leopards, elephants, black rhinos,cheetahs, zebras, jackals, kongoni, and impalas!
The extraordinary Zanzibar archipelago has the perfect weather for activities such as bird watching, cultural tours, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, quad bike rides, and boat rides in October. Tourists can visit the pristine beaches such as Paje, Mnemba, Kendwa, Nungwi, and Kizimkazi, where they can find deep sea turtles, manta rays, coral reefs, whale sharks, and bottlenose and humpback dolphins. In Stone Town, guests can explore the old heritage sites such as Old Fort, and tour the winding streets. Here, they can not only meet friendly locals, but people from many different cultures, as October is the busy season and Zanzibar gets many tourists from all over the world.
October offers the best weather and views for a trekking trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, which can be climbed by beginners, as well as those with intermediate and advanced skill in climbing. Travellers can take the pristine Machame route, or the enchanting Mangaru route to climb up to Uhuru Peak. In October, environmental conditions are ideal, so tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of lush greenery and magical sunsets at the Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira volcanic cones. Visitors can also spot exotic birds, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, and elephants in the rainforests on the lower levels.
Tarangire National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Tanzania. In October, this beautiful national park is the perfect spot, as weather is ideal for safaris, game viewing is excellent as foliage is thinner, and tourists can enjoy bird watching as the region is home to migratory exotic birds in October! Even in the busy season, Tarangire is not very crowded, so tourists can have an even better experience. The park is home to animals such as leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, elands, impalas, waterbucks, wild dogs, gazelles, mongooses, badgers, lions, monkeys, and baboons. In October, guests can also witness the elephant migration, which is a unique and extraordinary experience.
Gombe National Park is best visited during the dry season, when access is easier, and tracks are not slippery due to mud and rain. For this popular destination, tourists are advised to book accommodations and facilities, such as vehicles and lodges, in advance. After an enjoyable trek, visitors can spot chimpanzees on the lower slopes during October. There is plenty of sunshine and few mosquitoes, so visitors do not face any unpleasant conditions. October is also best for bird watching as the region is home to migratory birds and exotic species such as pelicans, ospreys, palm nut vultures, storks, hornbills, guinea fowl, barbets, cuckoos, rollers, hawks, owls, cormorants, and eagles!
Ngorongoro Conservation area is home to amazing wild animal like wildebeests, zebras, elands, monkeys, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, oryx, lions, antelopes, buffaloes, impalas, and gazelles. Tourists may also be able to spot rare and endangered species such as the black rhino and black maned male lions. These animals can easily be seen in October as the grass is yellow, and low in height. There is light rain towards the end of the month, which improves the weather as it alleviates the dryness, but thankfully, it does not disturb tourist activities.
The remote Mafia island is one of the most mesmerising locations in Tanzania. This pristine and tranquil island is home to 460 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, and colorful coral reefs. The gorgeous island offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy fun and exciting experiences, such as scuba diving, boat tours, snorkelling, and whale watching. Tourists can walk or relax on the sandy beaches or swim in the crystalline blue waters. In October, the days are sunny, and there is a higher chance of spotting whale sharks!