The best time to visit Tanzania determine by the animals you want to see. Rains dictate the country’s seasons and wildlife populations, so depending on when you visit, you having a unique experience. For one guy, the best time is the worst time for another.
Best time to visit Tanzania (Dry Season) starts from late June to October. These are the best months to spot wild animals. Since they are mostly concentrating around the waterholes and rivers, and there is less green vegetation for the animals to hide. In this season there is a very little amount of rain, skies are clear and mostly the day is sunny. Most of the tourists visit during this season but the parks and still don’t look crowded except for the Ngorongoro Crater and Central Serengeti, Seronera. Weather during this season is fluctuating, during the morning and night is very cold so it’s mostly recommended to bring warm clothes, and during the afternoon is too hot.
From November to May (Wet season) most of the Parks are green and beautiful. This season is called low season since there are lower rates and less crowded. However, generally, the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, lasts during about MARCH, APRIL, and MAY heavy rains can disrupt wildlife viewing. Although during this season there are lower rates. During late January to February is the best time to see the predator-prey actions in Ndutu Area in Southern Serengeti. Also in Northern circuit is still the best game viewing. There are a lot of bird migrations and bird watching.
We recommend that you bring comfortable, casual wash-and-wear clothes during the safari. Please note that muted colors are mostly recommended for game-viewing, these natural colors help you blend into the wild. Keep in mind that the amount of luggage you can bring on the smaller planes and safari vehicles is limited, so don’t overpack. Since driving distances on safari can be very long, we recommend that you dress light and comfortably. Evenings can be very cold, it’s also a good idea to bring along some warmer clothing. The most recommended pack lists are;
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, are a good protective measure that also reduces glare during game drive
- Hat and insect repellent, these are for Sun protection and Mosquitoes and tsetse flies while you’re on.
- Moisturizer and lip-salve are all essentials during the safari.
- T-shirt khaki, beige, green or any clothes with neutral colors. On a walking safari, brightly colored clothing, such as red, makes you very visible to the wildlife.
- Binoculars and camera equipment, not all animals can be seen from a short distance, we provide one in our safari car but it’s good to have yours to ensure you don’t miss any action.
- Swim and beachwear.
- Shirts with long sleeves and Jeans or safari trousers. These help during summer from sunrays, mosquitoes and a good option for a cold morning or evening
- Lightweight waterproof jackets
- Comfortable walking shoes
- First aid kit: painkillers, anti-diarrheal, hand sanitizer, malaria medication, anti-bacterial medicine
Giving tip is not mandatory on a Tanzania safari, but it is customary and an admirable way to show your appreciation for your guide’s and other staff’s excellent service. Tipping in Tanzania should always focus on the quality of the services given, and you, the customer, have the final say on how much to tip. To those who work in the tourism industry, this can be one of the sources of their income. There is a fine balance between tipping enough and too much. Give driver-guide tip is essential because they are the most important part of your safari, and accompany you on your trip. We recommend tipping our guides or driver USD 20/30 per day per vehicle.
Passport and Visa: Please note also that passports must be valid for six months before departure and there should be enough blank pages for visas and immigration stamps. Now you can apply for an Online via https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/you require to fill in the online form, make payment, and submit your application online. Once you finish your form will be reviewed and processed. Obtain visas from the embassy or high commission before you travel. You can also obtain them at any point of entry (land borders and airports) on arrival. This is a much easier option, but you will need to pay US Dollars. Also, you require to provide proof of your return journey to obtain a Visa on arrival.