When to go to Tanzania for SafariBest time to go on a Tanzania Safari. Best time to climb Kilimanajaro
Best time for Tanzania Safari and to climb Kilimanajaro
Here is a broad guide to the climate of Tanzania and the Best Time For A Tanzanian Safari– although remember that this comes from records and experience, not from a crystal ball. Weather patterns across Africa are becoming increasingly unpredictable, probably due to global warming; we’re seeing downpours in the middle of deserts and damaging droughts when rains should be falling.
Just south of the equator, Tanzania is huge and its sheer size means that the climate varies considerably within it. However, generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, lasts during about March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which are heavier and more predictable beside the coast and on the islands. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.
The long dry season lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October is when rainfall is unusual, even on the islands. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it’s a great time to visit Tanzania. During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable.
If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania’s ‘short dry season’, before starting to rain again in earnest in March.
Best time to go on a Tanzania Safari.
The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. Some National Parks (Nyerere National Park) close in the wet season while in others (Tarangire National Park) the animals travel fr from the water sources so are harder to see.
The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February.
Best time to climb Kilimanajaro
There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. They are January-March and June-October.
January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit. For some this might be seen as a negative, but the benefits of a January-March trek is that the slopes are often quieter at this time of the year. Read more tips on climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
When To Climb Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro has its unique weather patterns created by itself. It is primarily due to its extreme height. The weather from January to February is warm, and it starts to rain from April to May. June and July goes cold while the weather in August and September becomes sunny and dry. Better to avoid the rain and the cold spells and start your climb in the very dry time of August. There is little threat concerning shortage of water in the region. That way you can have a splendid start through the bush land and forest. Armed rangers would be with you to protect you from predators.
After you surpass the 3000km level, Mount Kilimanjaro determines what weather you have. It is unpredictable and defies logic. Winds can become very powerful, and snowfall can occur. Better to equip yourself for long cold nights.
One thing to keep in mind; you would be walking all the way to Uhuru. There is no other transport if you want to stop walking. Only option would be to turn back. So before you try Mount Kilimanjaro try simple things first. It is noted that the average person can walk 30 minutes and cover 2 kilometres. In 1 hour 4 kilometres.
Try seeing how much you can walk on regular flatland within a day. Deduct the time you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sleeping. You have 10 hours at the most. That means you can walk 40 kilometres per day. Do you think you could be able to cope with another 40 kilometres the very next day?
That is on flat land. How about after a climb? On Mount Kilimanjaro, you would always be walking, and it is most of the time a climb. It is why it is called a challenge. Test yourself first. Build your confidence. Even if you are an experienced trekker the above conditions apply.
The Best Time To See The Great Wildebeest Migration
Many travellers visit Tanzania to see the Serengeti’s great wildebeest migration. Linked to the rainfall, this stunning migration of thousands of wildebeest – accompanied by zebra, gazelle, eland and impala – takes place throughout the year, and follows a fairly predictable pattern, as the wildebeest are constantly seeking fresh grazing and water.
Having said that, the wildebeest migration happens all year – the migration can be found during any given month; you just need to know where to look! The question should really be about the ‘best places’ to see them during a given time of the year – and when visiting them is most enjoyable.
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