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CLIMATE & SEASONS

The climate in Tanzania does not vary too much, being just south of the equator it is slightly cooler in our Summer months and warmer during the December to February period. Most of the game reserves are at least 5,000 foot above sea level and the altitude ensures that it does not get too hot in the day and it cools off at night (even more so of course on the mountains).

The long rainy season is April and May, which is also the low season when prices are discounted. The rains often fall in the form of brief thundershowers in the evening or overnight and we would not discourage anyone from taking a safari in this period.
The most popular times of year are from Christmas/ New Year up to the end of February and from June up to the end of October.

The great migration cycle starts with the wildebeest and zebra giving birth to their young in January/ February south of the Serengeti plains. During the next few months they move North and West through the Serengeti plains with the onset of the rains. During July/ August the bulk of the migration will move up towards the Masai Mara in Kenya . In September / October the herds remain in The Masai Mara before starting to move southwards again in November.

The migration, although spectacular, is just one aspect of the wildlife in Tanzania and Kenya- there are large resident populations of many different animals and birds and visitors at any time will certainly see a huge number and amazing diversity of different species.

The chart to the right reflects an average year in East Africa. Coast refers to Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Saadani National Park and Selous Game Reserve. Towns refers to gateway safari towns of Nairobi and Arusha. Parks refer to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a bit cooler than the other parks due to altitude.
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