Awaken to Africa - Tanzania is characterised by vast, wide-open plains, and has one of the largest populations of wildlife in the world. Although Tanzania is an economically poor country, it boasts several attractions, including Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, and the gateway to Zanzibar. These areas are designated as national parks and game reserves and have a reputation for being un-crowded and un-spoilt. The magnificent collection of game sanctuaries to the north of the country, near the border with Kenya, is referred to as "The Northern Circuit". This is the most popular and accessible wildlife safari route in Tanzania. You can positively say that this is one of the finest game viewing areas anywhere in the world.
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Top places to visit in Tanzania:
Serengeti National Park - great wildebeest migration
Ngorongoro Crater - East Africa's easiest Big 5 game viewing
Mount Kilimanjaro - "Mountain of Light"
Tarangire National Park - huge herds of elephant
Lake Manyara National Park - a scenic gem against the rift valley escarpment
Zanzibar - cultural melting pot & world-renowned diving
Ruaha National Park - the combination of stunning scenery, rugged landscapes, and animal variety is unmatched
Selous Game Reserve - one of the largest conservation areas in the world
Mikumi National Park - often compared to that of the Serengeti
Katavi National Park - home to the last great herds of Buffalo in Africa
Mahale Mountains - home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees
Gombe Stream - made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall
Tanzania’s equatorial climate brings two seasons of rain each year: the long rains that fall from mid-March to the end of May, and the short rains, that come intermittently throughout November and parts of December, and sometimes stretch into early January. During the long rains, heavy showers fall in the early mornings but usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining clear and sunny until late afternoon. By evening, impressive cloud formations build, breaking sometime after dark and the rain often continues throughout the night. During the short rains, light showers in the mornings and late afternoons are punctuated by stretches of clear weather and beautiful rays of sunlight. The beginning of both rainy seasons is marked by a change in the winds which historically, marked the time for trading boats to set off on expeditions across the Indian Ocean or return to their native lands.
Tanzania offers excellent game viewing all year round. The wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is a spectacular sight, but it is important to note that not all animals migrate and are year-round residents.
June and October - temperatures range from around 10°C in the northern highlands to about 23°C on the coast. On the plains and the lower-altitude game reserves, the temperatures from June to October are warm and mild. On the coast, these months are some of the most pleasant to visit, with balmy, sunny weather most of the day and cooling ocean breezes at night.
December to March - the days are hot and sunny without often a cloud in the sky. Temperatures range from the mid-twenties to the low thirties throughout the country while visitors flock to the parks and beaches to escape the dreariness of late winter in colder climes. Clear sunny days are the norm in the northern highlands and the heat of mid-day is tempered by the golden light in the late afternoon and the especially striking sunsets. In the game parks and central plains, the beautiful weather provides perfect opportunities for unhampered game viewing, and clear night skies offer perfect opportunities for star-gazing and romantic evenings in the bush. On the shores of the Swahili Coast, the Indian Ocean reaches its highest temperatures and its ideal for swimming at any time of day or night.