When do you go to Tanzania? Weather, climate, safari … the best periods from one region to another

In the footsteps of the Big Five, venturing down the slopes of Kilimanjaro, exploring the seabed in Zanzibar… Here’s an overview of what a trip to Tanzania has in store. Our advice to choose the appropriate travel dates to discover the various aspects of the country according to your desires.

Located a few degrees below the equator, between the two tropical regions, Tanzania has a tropical climate that is mainly influenced by altitude. The seasons in Tanzania are mainly divided into two parts: the green season and the dry season. During each of the two seasons, there are alternating periods of rain, more or less brief. Then we talk about the short rainy season (October to December) and the long rainy season (March to May), which occurs between two dry seasons, long (June to October) and short (January to February).

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When is the best time to go to the national parks in Tanzania?

Ruaha National Park and uncrowded baobab forests are ideal for a peaceful safari. Magda / stock.adobe.com

The period from the end of June to October is the best for safari in Tanzania. During this dry season, vegetation is reduced and animals congregate near water sources, which greatly increases the chances of being seen. However, keep in mind that some reservations may be particularly popular during this period. If you want to avoid crowds, consider safari in Tanzania during the short dry season, from late December to February, or the green season, from March to May. The latter also coincides with the return of migratory birds to the delight of ornithology enthusiasts.

A group of elephants in front of one of the tents of the Namiri Plain camp in the eastern part of the Serengeti. Stanislas Vautret / Le Figaro

In the Serengeti National Park, about 1.5 million wild animals migrate each year in search of new pastures and water. December to May is the best time to see them in the southern area of ​​the park, while June to October you will have greater chances of seeing them in the western pass and northern areas. The Rufiji River and its tributaries cross the Selous Reserve, which is an ideal water system for boat safaris. uncrowded Ruaha National Park, with its eponymous river surrounded by baobab forests, is ideal for a peaceful safari. In Mahale Mountains National Park, in addition to elephants, leopards and buffaloes, you can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat on the mountain slopes overlooking Lake Tanganyika. In the north of the country there are the most famous parks, such as Ngorongoro National Park, with a crater that particularly affects the habitat of mammals, and the Maasai, who share their territory with large carnivorous predators. The national parks Manyara, Arusha, and Tarangire are also worth a visit.

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When is the best time to go to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania?

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, approximately 6000 meters above sea level. Guided climbing is recommended. Lobo Ivanco / stock.adobe.com

The climatic conditions of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m), can be very variable throughout the year, but the best time to ascend is between July and October, when the skies are clear. This contrasts sharply with other times of the year, particularly from April to May and from November to mid-December, when rain, mud, ice and fog can detract from the overall experience, and in extreme cases increase risks to climbers due to slippery and poor conditions. Vision.

What is the best time to go to Zanzibar?

A stone’s throw from the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar lives on stage with the Indian Ocean. You can swim in the clear turquoise blue waters and explore the various small islands. Moiz / stock.adobe.com

It is best to discover the Zanzibar archipelago from June to October, when the mercury is around 29 ° C. The period from December to February is the hottest of the year, with high temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, while the rainy season arrives in March and lasts until May. Unguja Island, also called Zanzibar, is the home of the capital and its old neighborhood of Stone Town, with its houses adorned with inlaid wooden balconies and doors, revealing the charm of bygone eras. A few kilometers to the south is Mafia Island, famous for its pristine beaches and wonderful seabed which is best discovered in August and September, when visibility in the water is 25 metres. nickname the green Island Due to the abundance of vegetation, Pemba is also distinguished by its teeming waters, which are more suitable for experienced divers due to strong sea currents.

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