Tanzania

Tanzania is a land of rolling plains, dramatic mountain ranges, beautiful lakes, and pristine, white-sand beaches. Add spectacular landscapes, one of the largest migrations on earth, some of the world’s most cunning predators (and among Africa’s highest density of lion), vibrant tribal culture, and unspoiled coral reefs.

Tanzania’s close proximity to the equator provides an idyllic climate, making it a nearly year-round destination for a once-in-a-lifetime safari. If you are short on time, a visit to one or two of Tanzania’s northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, or the Serengeti are a must. If you like, you can extend your custom tour of Tanzania with a relaxing break on the “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. And for those with more time on their hands, a trip to the less traveled southern parks can be a richly rewarding experience

Weather

Generally Tanzania has a comfortable climate year round. The coastal areas have a tropical and humid climates, the highlands regions in the north have a temperature climate due to altitude and the vast central plateau is hot arid.

 While Tanzania does not have distinct seasonal changes due to its proximity to the equator, there are some subtle climatic variations at different times of the year.

Mid-March through May

This season is normally characterized by heavy, intermittent rains and high humidity. In many recent years, however there has been more rain in January than in April and May.

June, July & August

Tanzania’s weather is coolest during these months, with low of about 45 ͦ

F or 7 ͦ C and highs of about 75 ͦ F or 24 ͦ C, During this time the country is refreshingly green.

September, October and November

This is delightful time to visit Tanzania, comparable to springtime in North America and Europe. These days are warmer with low of about 65 ͦ F or 18 ͦ C and high about 85 ͦ F or 29 ͦ C. Short scattered rains fall in November.

December, January and February

These are the warmest months of the year (Tanzania’s summertime) Temperature do not often exceed 90 ͦ F or 32 ͦ C and morning and evening temperature are refreshingly cool with low humidity.

At any time of year the temperature on the Ngorongoro Crater rim can be decidedly cooler than on the crater floor and in the Serengeti (Especially from mid-may through August

Getting into Tanzania

This is a guide only – Please check with your nearest Tanzania embassy to ensure you meet the correct requirements.

 

  • All visitors are required to carry Passport that is valid for six month beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival. With a valid passport one may obtain Visa at any port on entry staffed by Immigration officials, such as International Airport Or applying an online Visa using https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa this need to be done at least one month prior arrival.

 

  • Visa for US cost USD 100 per person.

Keeping Health in Tanzania

Malaria: Anti malaria precautions are an absolute necessity when visiting Tanzania. It is important that you check with your qualified health professional for the most current information regarding your travel itinerary and personal health history. In addition, other personal protective measures such as the use of insect repellant (containing the active ingredient ‘DEET’)

Yellow Fever: If you arriving in Tanzania (or planning to re-enter) from an area that is infected with yellow or arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic (Such as Kenya, Sudan, South America or Uganda) you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination and it must be administered at least ten (10) days before your arrival (or re-entry) into Tanzania.

If your travel itinerary requires you to have a yellow fever vaccination, you must ask your doctor to provide you with an “international Certificate of vaccination” which should be carried with you while travelling to serve as proof that you have fulfilled the vaccination requirements.

Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate

Covid-19: Guests with vaccination certificate do not need PCR nor will be subject to rapid antigen test upon arrival.

Guests not vaccinated are required to have PCR negative certificate obtained 72 hours before departure to Tanzania.

Children of 5 years and below will not be required to have PCR certificate nor subject to rapid antigen test on arrival, even if they have no vaccination certificate.

What to Pack

Casual, comfortable wash and wear clothing is most useful, It is certainly not necessary to bring a separate change if clothing for each day and evening and it is recommended that you keep luggage to a minimum for your own comfort and ease of transport, especially if you are using light aircraft transfers.

  • Casual lightweight cotton, khaki or neutral colored clothes for safari
  • Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives or cool evening.
  • Light raincoat and /or fold –up umbrella
  • Swimsuit, scarf or bandana, kanga or sarong
  • Wide brimmed hat/cap
  • Personal toiletries, sun barrier creams, lip balm and insect repellant
  • Binoculars, camera, flashlight and accessories (including any batteries)
  • Sunglasses and prescriptions glasses
  • Soft sided luggage and fold up day pack or shoulder pack to carry items
  • Travel detergent
  • Comfortable walking shoes with soft soles and beach sandals

 

Please not that all luxury Hotels/lodges offer a same day laundry service (at additional charges) this is a good reason not to pack too many clothes.

Avoiding the Baggage Blues

  • Baggage allowances vary according to airline – check your airline for details .Please bear in mind that the luggage weight allowance on a domestic flight will always be considererably lower than on international flight. Please check with the airline excess luggage might be charged but also be refused if the flight is already at maximum capacity.
  • Make sure there is personal contact information inside your bag as well as outside.
  • In the event that your luggage is delayed please make sure you have packed essential supplies such as medication, contact lenses, toiletries etc. In your carry-on bag .You may also consider packing an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag.

When to Visit Serengeti National Park.

The best time to visit the Serengeti National Park is in the Dry season (from late June to October). This period offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, but certain areas are better at specific times. The timing of the migration varies every year (the best chance of seeing it is during June and July) while the wildebeest calving is from late January to February.

June to October

  • June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration in the western corridor and August to September in the north of the park
  • Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers and the vegetation is less thick
  • Mostly sunny and there is very little rain
  • Few mosquitoes and the chance of contracting malaria is minimal
  • It gets quite crowded around the Seronera area
  • Mornings and nights get cold – warm clothing is recommended

 

November to May

  • Late January to February is the time to see the calving – this is an excellent time to see predator action, this happens in southern Serengeti.
  • The scenery is lush
  • April and May are low season, so it’s usually less crowded and rates might be lower. Central Serengeti is recommended
  • Although wildlife is easier to spot in the Dry season, the Serengeti offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year
  • Migratory birds are present and bird-watching is at its best
  • Except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season

 

When to Visit Serengeti National Park.

The middle and end of the Dry season, from late June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park. Most of the animals migrate out of the park during the Wet season, and wildlife viewing is considerably less productive.

June to October (Dry season)

  • Animals migrate into the park from surrounding areas
  • Wildlife is easier to spot because they stay near the rivers
  • The weather is beautiful and sunny
  • There are fewer mosquitoes and malaria risks are lower
  • Warm clothing is essential from June to August since morning game drives are cold

 

November to May

  • The vegetation is lovely and green
  • Rates may be lower because it is low season
  • It is prime bird watching time since migratory birds are present
  • Many animals migrate out of the park and wildlife viewing is not as good as the Dry season
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season

 

Best time to Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is superb at all times. However, grass on the crater floor is short in the Dry season (June through September) and this makes animal spotting easier. The scenery is lush and spectacular in the Wet season months (from November to May).

June to October

  • Wildlife is easier to spot since the grass is shorter in the Dry season
  • Rain is little to none and sunshine is abundant
  • Chances of contracting malaria are slimmer, as there are fewer mosquitoes
  • The Ngorongoro Crater gets very crowded
  • Mornings and nights get very cold
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November to May

  • Ngorongoro Crater offers excellent wildlife viewing, even in the Wet season
  • The scenery is green and beautiful
  • Low season occurs in April and May – tourists are fewer, and there may be better rates
  • Birding is in its prime due to the presence of migratory birds
  • Except for in March and April, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip
  • March to April is the peak of the Wet season
  • It is cold during the nights and mornings, so it is important to pack warm clothing