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Perhaps combining its intrinsically synchronous wildness with the eccentricity of a sophisticated cultural history distinguishes Tanzania’s peculiar environment. Just one word. Wildlife. Tanzania’s ecosystem is dominated by the most extraordinary creatures on the planet. Tanzania is rich with nature, whether it’s zebras and giraffes, deer and buffalo herds, or feline lions and tigers. Its Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater have the most extensive areas and the most significant wildebeest migration. Furthermore, these places are great for birdwatching since the nation is home to over 1400 kinds of birds! These birding locations are among the top visitor destinations in Tanzania.

Arusha, a commercial town, is located at an elevation of 1,500 meters on the foothills of Mount Meru, near the Kenyan border, and is the major safari center. It is the most convenient starting point for exploring the renowned northern game-viewing circuit—the most accessible of north Tanzania’s national parks, Arusha National Park.

Travelers rushing to the more famous attractions of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti sometimes ignore Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park, on the other hand, provides some wonderful trekking on the slopes of Mount Meru, kayaking on the Momela Lakes, and mild game drives if you have some time. This includes walking safaris, which are always supervised by a ranger and run no more than four hours, with a break at one of the park’s wonderful picnic spots. You may also explore the park’s outskirts by automobile, soaking in the scenery and keeping a lookout for animals. A canoeing safari, which lets you explore the Momela Lakes, is another fantastic activity here that is not present in other safari parks in Tanzania.

If you want to climb Africa’s tallest mountain (and one of the world’s biggest volcanoes), this is a non-technical experience. Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as Kibo, rises 5,859 meters (19,341 feet) over the dry savannah plains of northern Tanzania. In as little as six to eleven days, you may ascend the mountain and reach the highest point — Uhuru, which means «freedom.» As you rise, you will pass through moss-covered woodland, alpine desert, and glaciers. The snow-capped summit of a mountain so near to the Equator catches you off guard, like a mirage.

If you’re less inclined to take on this degree of effort, particularly with a quick altitude increase, you don’t have to hike Kilimanjaro to admire its majesty. You may get aerial views from your plane if you’re on safari in northern Tanzania or from the coffee town of Arusha.

The Ngorongoro Crater is located southeast of the Serengeti in the center of the region, is a volcanic crater formed by a volcano erupting and then collapsing two or three million years ago. Within its 600-meter-high walls reside among Africa’s densest populations of big animals and the Big Five. This is the finest spot in Africa to see a black rhino returning to the forest in the early morning after spending the night on the beaches of the crater’s salt lake, Lake Magadi. The mineral-rich grass feeds thousands of zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. Elephants, lions, and leopards may be found in the Lerai Forest, located southwest of the crater. The lake is home to a large number of hippopotamuses and birds.

The Masai, or inhabitants of rural Tanzania, are a separate tribe. The Masai people, dressed in the most stylish draperies and rustic accessories, are appreciated worldwide for their sense of style and manner of life. 

Experiencing the Great Migration in the Serengeti, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, watching herds of wildebeest rushing over the Mara River, dodging the snapping teeth of crocodiles, and listening to the sounds of birds while traveling through Serengeti national park will be etched in your memory forever. 

 You’ll visit these attractions – and much more – on a tailor-made Tanzania safari with NPE. We’ll work with you to create your ideal vacation, taking into account your hobbies, travel style, and budget. Our Tanzania safari experts know the country inside and out and will direct you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook. Contact an expedition advisor expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com and start planning your next dream safari now.

TANZANIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 National Parks: Arusha, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
  • All of Africa’s iconic species including the Big Five
  • The Great Wildebeest Migration

  • Incredible views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro
  • Cultural experience with the Maasai

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 Time and Weather

Arusha is the nearest town to the most popular northern parks and enjoys a moderate temperature. In most national parks, the highest quantity of rainfall in April is far less than in Arusha. Because of its great height (approximately 2,300m/7,545ft), the Ngorongoro Crater rim receives a lot of rain and is quite chilly in the nights and mornings. Manyara, Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale Mountains, and Katavi Parks are moderately warmer than Arusha.

The dry season lasts from June through October.
During this time, there is very little rain, and the humidity is relatively low. It cools off at night; bring warm clothing for morning game drives in open cars, especially in the northern parks.

June, July, August, September, and October — Afternoon temperatures range from 20°C/68°F to 30°C/86°F and fluctuate significantly depending on height and location. Most of the time, the sky is clear, and the weather is sunny.

The rainy season lasts from November to May.
Daytime temperatures are generally hot (a few degrees above or below 30°C/86°F), although it is cooler above 1,300m/4,265ft. Because of the high altitude, most northern parks have chilly mornings.

November and December – ‘Small rains’ – A month-long period of short rainfall that occurs between November and December. Its frequency is uncertain, and it can happen as late as October in Northern Tanzania. The rains will seldom disturb your safari.

January and February — The rainy season usually pauses in the northern parks and coastal areas. The other parks don’t have much dry time.

March, April, and May – ‘Long rains’ — The wettest periods. Almost every day, it rains severely, albeit not always for the entire day. Humidity levels are often high, particularly in the hotter southern and western parks.

The best time to visit

The optimum time to visit Tanzania is determined by the type of wildlife you want to see. The rainfall determines the seasons and wildlife populations in the nation, so you’ll have a slightly varied experience depending on when you come.

Tanzania’s main draw is the Great Migration, which takes place all year over the Serengeti. Many visitors come here between July and September to see large herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River, where they struggle to dodge the jaws of crocodiles and other predators ready to pounce. However, there will be a lot of automobiles in the park this time of year.

Tanzania’s ‘green season,’ which lasts from November to March, is significantly quieter. While there is a risk of rain showers, it is an excellent time for birding as migrating birds come in droves. There will also be Great Migration herds with freshly born calves.

The only time we avoid Tanzania is during April and May when heavy rains might impede wildlife viewing.

Wildlife

Tanzania has some of the best wildlife viewings in the world. There are three safari circuits, and any of them would make Tanzania an excellent wildlife destination on its own. Most of the most sought-after creatures on safari are simple to identify, including the Big Five, except for the Ngorongoro Crater, the black rhino is rare throughout the park. 

The wildebeest migration is one of Africa’s most spectacular animal displays. The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is home to at least two million ungulates, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and gazelle. The calving season for wildebeest is also a spectacular time to visit. Because of the enormous concentrations of wildebeest and their calves, many opportunistic predators are attracted, and it is a fantastic time to watch some activity.

The Serengeti is famed for its abundance of big felines, and the critically endangered African Wild Dog may be found in Nyerere and Ruaha, where their populations are pretty robust. The best chimp reserves in Africa are Gombe Stream and Mahale.

Tanzania is one of the best places for birdwatchers in Africa. It boasts one of the most diverse species lists of any African country, with over 1,100 species, over 800 of which are resident and over 200 of which are frequent migratory. There are 22 endemic species, which are unique to Tanzania, and 43 near-endemic species, which are only found in Tanzania and surrounding countries. From November through April, migrant workers are present.

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