Since 22/01/2008, yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for entry into Tanzania. The risk of contracting the disease during your trip is very low, but Tanzanian government tries to reduce the possibility of introduction of the disease by foreign visitors
– An up-to-date vaccination book will be required upon arrival
– An anti-malarial treatment is strongly recommended
– Vaccination against typhoid is recommended
– We recommend you to check with your usual doctor
Tanzania has a big advantage: it can be visited all year long.
Tanzania has two distinct climatic zones: mainlands, including uplands (above 1500 m) undergoing a moderate tropical climate, and the coasts, with humid equatorial climate. The higher you go, the lower the temperature. As you go down along the Indian Ocean it gets hotter (sometimes very hot).
– Dry season from May to October. Then hottest months are from December to February. Sun, blue sky, dry landscapes, thirsty animals.
– Rainy season: “long rains” from mid-March to early May, but most of the rainfall is concentrated in April (although everything is relative, given the size of the country). Evenings can be cool or cold. On the edge of the Ngorongoro crater, it can be very cold at night, (below 10 ° C).
– “short rains” last from November to mid-December. During this period, it does not rain all day, only at certain times, and it is not unpleasant: the animals are more and more rare. Photographers love wet periods because of the exceptional brightness. The savannah, immense and yellow, is re-gilded by the light after the storm, under a gray coal sky.
This period is considered as low season for prices.
Regions climatic characteristics
– Great Northern Parks: warm altitude climate. Hot but never suffocating .
The parks of Serengeti, Tarangire and Manyara altitude is 1500 m on average. In Arusha in January, temperatures range from 14 ° C (night) to 28 ° C (day). January, February and March are the hottest months of the year. April is the wettest month (350 mm) and August the driest month (7 mm)
– Mount Kilimanjaro: snowfall the night of January and February. Freezing nights in July and August
– Dar es Salaam and the east coast: equatorial climate with high humidity in the air. It’s hot all year long.
The hottest months in Dar es Salaam are December, January, February and March (mean daily temperature 27 ° C). On the coast in general, it rains in November and December and early March to early May
– The islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia: equatorial climate, with the same temperatures and rainfall as in Dar es Salaam and on the coast. It is very hot and the air is saturated with humidity, except when winds blow from the Indian Ocean from June to September.
We will take care of you during your safari so no fitness is needed.
If you intend to climb Kilimandjaro, although a specialized training program is not necessary, a good fitness level will help your body to adapt to the altitude. Your climb will be more pleasant and you increase your chances of reaching the summit. Your physical preparations must include at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercises, such as running, cycling or swimming, per week. Once a month, you should try to spend 5-6 hours walking or hiking. We will be happy to help you with an individualized fitness regime to prepare you for your trek.