Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
The best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season, from late June to October, when wildlife viewing is generally at its best on the grasslands adjacent to the Mara and Sand Rivers a great time to observe the dramatic river crossing. Around November, dependent on the rains and localized grazing the herds move south into Central Serengeti en-route to the calving grounds. The time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February were almost 90% of births occur. Around April to May the herd north back north into central Serengeti before moving north towards Kenya. The Wildebeest congregate along the Grumeti River in the western corridor between June – July. Zanzibar is home to the beautiful islands of Mafia and Pemba, which make for a superb tropical getaway all year round. The islands experience two rainy seasons each year which have their advantages and disadvantages to different travellers, the long rainy season during March – May, has daily heavy rainfall which can restrict activities and travel, but as the rain deters some visitors, you might have the beautiful beaches all to yourself. The shorter rainy season brings showers lasting a few hours and can be quite refreshing after the day’s heat. However, the popular sunny period of June to October coincides with the Great Migration across Tanzania and Kenya, making Zanzibar the perfect addition to an East African safari or gorilla trekking in Rwanda. November is characterised by short rains throughout the month and otherwise great weather. Pemba and Mafia Islands are beautiful in November, as the rains cause the island’s flora to erupt in brilliant shades of green, despite the rain, there are also still good snorkelling conditions. December is a popular month in Zanzibar, as many brave the rains for a safari and beach holiday. Despite the rain, December sees a lot of sunshine, and it’s still a good time for a beach holiday.