elephants by jeep in lake manyara

FAQ's

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Tanzania is located just south of the equator and most parts of the country has a tropical climate. However large areas of the land are highland, and these parts are somewhat cooler than the coastal areas. The central parts of the country are much drier than most tropical regions of the world and therefore the dominating landscape is savannah. The hottest months in Tanzania are between October and March and the coolest months are June and July. The mail safari areas in northern Tanzania and slightly cooler and drier than Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam and the rest of the coastal area. In dry days places like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater can have cool nights.

Tanzania has three main season. 

  1. Dry season. Roughly from the end of May until mid-November. During this period the weather is dry and sunny with only little rain. June is quite cool and often a bit cloudy but the rest of the time it is generally warm (sometimes hot) with loads of sunshine. In the beginning of the dry season (especially in June) the sky is often overcast in the mornings and the weather can be pleasantly cool. Coastal areas normally have around 25-27 degrees in the afternoons in June whereas safari areas like Serengeti and Ngorongoro get 20-25 degrees. The longer the dry season continues the hotter the weather gets. October is dry, dusty and hot. 
  2. The short rains. From mid-november until the beginning of March. During this season rain is more frequent but it is unreliable. Heavy showers occur but often they last only 15-30 minutes and it rarely rains several days in a row. This season is the hottest of the year. This time of the year the weather is hot and humid. Afternoon temperatures often go above 30 degrees and sometimes above 35 degrees. 
  3. The long rains. From the beginnign or the middle of March heavy rain is common, mostly in the morning and evenings. It often rains every day but dry spells of a few days or even weeks occur. The beginning of the long rains can be quite hot but the weather cools down significantly in April and May. 

Our safaris are in small groups. Most of our safaris are in private groups. Normally a safari group is just one vehicle, our vehicles take a maximum of six persons, and never are they more than three vehicles. Everybody in our safari jeeps gets a window seat under a pop up roof. 

In Tanzania’s big parks such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire you will can many animals including

  • lion
  • leopard
  • buffalo
  • elephant
  • rhino
  • ostrich
  • zebra
  • wildebeest
  • cheetah
  • hyena
  • serval
  • bushbuck
  • dik dik
  • impala
  • waterbuck
  • giraffe
  • hippo
  • crocodile
  • baboon
  • warthog
  • eland
  • klipspringer
  • hartbeast
  • topi
  • agama lizard
  • rock hyrax
  • mongoose
  • Thomsons gazelle
  • Grants gazelle and many more
  • vulture
  • marabou stork
  • guinea fowl
  • secretary bird
  • lilac breasted roller

Tanzania has many amazing parks that offer a variety of wildlife. In our opinions these are the best safari parks in Tanzania (not in a specific order): Serengeti National Park (including Ndutu), Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Nyerere National Park, Katavi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

Any time of year between the end of May and the beginning of March is great for a safari in Tanzania. Different parks however can be better or less good at different times of the year. Seasonal parks include Tarangire (best between July and November), Ruaha (also best between July and November) and Ndutu in southern Serengeti (best between December and March). These are the best times to visit Tanzania’s most popular parks.

Serengeti – is good for safaris all year round, maybe with the exception of mid-Mrach until late May when there nay be heavy rain and muddy roads. If you want the best of the best out of your safari in Serengeti it is actually about what parts of the park you visit at what times of the year.

  • Southern Serengeti (Ndutu) is at it’s best between December and March when the huge herds of the great migration is in the area. 
  • Western Serengeti is at i’ts best at the end of May and in June when the migration is in the area. Western Serengeti is also good during the dry season, July until October, when animals gather around the rivers and bremaining waterholes.
  • Central Serengeti (Seronera) is great for safari year round except fur during the long rains (mid-March until late May) 
  • Northern-central Serengeti (Lobo) – is also a great safari area year round but it is at it’s best in July and November when the migration normally pass the area. 
  • Northern Serengeti (Kogatende) – is good year round but at it’s best between late July and October when the migration is around

Ngorongoro Crater – is good for safaris year-round but during the long rains it gets very muddy. In  the beginning of the dry season, June and July it can some days be surprisingly cold in Ngorongoro Crater, especially at the rim at nights and in the morning. 

Lake Manyara – the wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park is fairly consistent year round but the roads do get muddy during the long rains. 

Tarangire – a quite seasonal park that is quite bad during the long rains, good during the short rains and the beginning of the dry season (June) and exceptional in the drest season, July through October. Animals in Tarangire spread out when it rains but in the dry season the gather around the Tarangire River and the wetlands in the eastern parts of the park. During those months huge herds of buffaloes, wildebeest, antilopes and elephants can be seen.

Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve – the dry season is by far the best season In the adjacent parks Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve as animals gather round the great Rufiji River and the lakes when small rivers and waterholes go dry. In the short rains the parks are still good but you have look more for the animals. The parks are closed for tourists during the long rains due to the risk of floodings when the Rufiji River fills up. 

Mikumi National Park – the wildlife in Mikumi is fairly consitent year round but game viweing is slightly better in the dry season when small waterholes run dry and animals concentrate around the Mkata River. 

 

Depending on what hotel you choose the food will differ, four and five-star hotels have off course better food than the mid-range hotels. All our safari lodges and hotels have nice food. For breakfast there is normally an option between hot breakfast like eggs, omelet, sausages and beans as well as bread and cereal. There is always coffee, tea and juice. On picnic lunches on safari you a lunch box with food that is chosen based on it being able to last a day in a safari jeep. Normally you get juice, water, sandwiches, fruit, crackers and maybe a piece of candy. Dinners in safari lodges are sometimes set menus and sometime a buffet.

Yes, our hotels and safari lodges do have moquito nets. You do not need to bring one. Also the rooms are sprayed with insect repellents by the staff during the day when thy are empty. 

We cater for vegetarians , vegans as well as many kids of different diets and allergies. You can  off course get vegetarian food, vegan food, nut- or milk-free food, kosher and so on