Tanzania offers sensational game viewing, with the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the north, to the wilder and more untouched areas of the Nyerere, Ruaha and Katavi national parks in the south and west.
It has stunning rift valley lakes, indigenous forest and primates with some of the best chimpanzee viewing in Africa. The Indian Ocean laps its shores and combined with the Spice Islands dotted just off the coast, there are plenty of white, sandy beaches for total relaxation and beautiful, pristine coral reefs ideal for snorkelling and diving.
Did you know?
- In Tanzania the climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid.
- In the northern highlands temperatures can be cold all year due to the high altitude but generally nice and sunny for most of the year.
- The best time for climbing in the highlands and Mt Kilimanjaro is Jan to mid-march as its out of the high season and actually better weather.
- As in Kenya, its best to avoid the long rains in April and May but it is a good time for migratory birds and flora. The short rains (thundery showers) in November and early December are a good time to visit as prices are low and the parks empty.
- The migration is in different areas of the Serengeti from November through to July and the wildebeest have their calves around February (this is all dependent on the rains). Game viewing is good all year round.
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