Right after the high season has filled up the wild joy in the air and travellers return back home with the most unique and thrilling memories through July to August, most visitors planning their trip after October, poise some interesting questions; is it a good time to visit Tanzania after the migration season? Will the rains disturb our game viewing seasons? Will we get to see all the animals? The curiosity is endless…
Just before the festive season kicks off in December, the transition period of November, leaves delightful surprises for the guests, including short showers. Safari experiences, are just as rewarding and have their special specks that truly make you feel like the lucky one!
Here is why we absolutely recommend a safari November.
This is synonymous to fantastic game viewing experience. Those who chase the high season, will absolutely know what it is to see a herd of elephants surrounded by not less than 10 cars. Now imagine you are the only one watching these elephants with absolutely no disturbance. Travelers on a safari during the off-peak season often feel like VIP in the parks, and often share of their rewarding experience when they could spend more time in proximity to the wild.
Return of the Wildebeest
After the hectic migration period in July and August, the wildebeest are again in search of moisture and move back to the southern zone in Tanzania around November. The hungry predators no of this move and are also set with their surprise attack; thus a great chance to enjoy the killing. With few visitors in the park, this is just about a good time to enjoy the wildebeest migration back to Tanzania.
Unique Landscape Transformation
With the dry season passing by and the short rains arriving in November, there is a dramatic change in the landscape colours. The soothing green replacing the golden plains adds a unique touch of how wildlife is seen otherwise. With thick dark clouds floating in the air and the rising dust being washed away, this is just about the right time to enjoy game viewing with a special touch.
Ideal for Photography
Another con of the high season may be, not getting enough time and space to enjoy photography at ease. Whether you are an amateur or a professional camera person, with less crowd and transformative landscapes, you will be at an advantage to practice you wildlife photography to perfection. A safari car with a pop-up roof and large windows just adds to the topping of an authentic safari experience.
The short rains also mean that visibility for animals is not as clear. With the herbivores moving with their young ones, the hungry carnivores are opportunistic and are on the move, looking for the closest prey. This gives safari goers a clear chance to enjoy excellent game in proximity, ideal when the parks have less traffic than the popular high season.
If you would seriously like to avoid any kind of rainfall at all, the southern region of the country receives late rainfall usually until December and has intimate game viewing options. The Selous Game Reserve, the largest of its kind in Africa, Ruaha the largest of if its kind in Tanzania and the rolling cool hills of Mufindi, offer an excellent retreat, especially if you are looking for a family or honeymoon safari options in the Southern Safari Circuit.
A home to over a 1,000 bird species, Tanzania is the most favourable to visit from October to April when the migratory birds arrive from Europe and North Africa. The Tarangire National Park welcomes flocks of vibrant yellow-collared lovebirds, rufous-tailed weave and ashy starling, endemic to the savannah. The East Arc Mountains and Serengeti National Park are equally rewarding and give photographers and bird lovers a wonderful chance to enjoy beyond animals.
Special Shoulder Season Rates
One of the main attractions of the off-peak season are the special rates offered by most hotels and lodges. With the end of the high season in July and August and the festive season just about to being, select guests are aware of the conducive November period when most 4 star properties have good availability with room discounts and added amenities.
Are you wanting to go for a Safari in the special November season and combine it with an exclusive beach experience? Get in touch with us for a real value for money deal- your backlist to re-live your travel dreams in Tanzania.