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TANZANIA

Tanzania is an idyllic and diverse country, offering wild safari experiences and picturesque, endless beaches. The North is dominated by vast open plains and huge volcanic mountains, including Mt Kilimanjaro and the famous Serengeti National Park. This area often appeals to tourists because of the incredible game count, especially during the annual wildebeest migration but to get off the beaten track head down South!

Southern Tanzania is home to the Selous and Ruaha regions. Here you will find yourself cruising down the Rufiji River through vast wilderness, more in character with Southern African landscapes. Then head West to discover Katavi, here also are the Gombe and Mahale National parks on the shores of lake Tanganika and the best places to see wild chimpanzees in Africa.

For those looking for something a little more adventurous, walking safaris and mountain climbing are also available. And if its beach paradise you are after the glistening white sands of Zanzibar are waiting for you.

Tanzania

When to travel:Northern Tanzania experiences its dry season from June – October and from late-December to mid-March. This includes Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Game viewing is generaly better at these times. November, April and May are generally considered the rainy seasons though you have a good chance of rainfall anytime from November to June. If you are looking to summit Kilimanjaro we recommend you stick to the drier months: July, August and September are best.

In the South and the West (Selous, Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale) a more prolonged rainy season begins in early November and continues through to late May. You may experience some unpredictable dry spells during these times. June – October is best for game viewing and chimpanzee tracking is easiest from August onwards.

Climate: Tanzania generally experiences higher temperatures, averaging around 28C, but higher from October – March. In more Southern areas temperatures and humidity are often higher. In the highlands, like Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro temperatures can drop to single figures.

On the coast, its hot hot hot all year round. Daytime temperatures can range between 30C – 40C. From October – April winds blow gently from the North-East and this normally brings the best conditions. From April to September the Kuzi (monsoon winds) from the South East mean choppy waters and scattered rain. During this time snorkeling and diving can be restricted except on Chumbe Island which is protected.

Wildebeest herds move seasonally around the Serengeti. December to April, generally they are found in the Southern Serengeti, May to mid-July they travel up through the Western Serengeti and then from late-July to early November they can be found in the North and into Kenya’s Masai Mara.



Pricing:Tanzania is known for offering great value on their safaris. However if its exclusivity and/or comfort you are after prices can soar. Generally, a one week bush & beach holiday starts from around US$3000 per person and can reach to US$5000 per person, which is more normal. If you are after a longer stay and/or luxury lodges then US$8000 – US$12000 per person is more realistic.

In the North, better value options include adventure fly camping or staying in bigger lodges and hotels. In the South (Selous and Ruaha) there are a selection of down to earth, safari camps that really put you in touch with nature at very reasonable prices.

African safaris are quite pricey, however we do our best to match price for product at every turn so you get the best bang for your buck. We firmly believe that the quality of your experience in Africa will far surpass the financial burdens and frustrations you might encounter along the way.



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