If you want to experience African heritage and culture at its peak, visit Tanzania in April. Although Tanzania has seen its ups and downs in recent history, its glorious past makes sure it features in every traveler’s bucket list. From the first human to the 18th-century spice markets of Zanzibar, Tanzania holds the key to so many stories. Although it is advised to visit Tanzania from October to December, however taking a trip there has its own perks. Lesser crowded and better on the pocket, end March to May is the perfect window to visit Tanzania on a budget.
Weather In Tanzania In April
Considering the Tanzania weather in April, you are recommended to visit this amazing country of East Africa during this month. Lying in the Southern Hemisphere, Tanzania has different seasons and climate patterns than your home country, if you are from North America, Europe or most parts of Asia. As said above the best months are from October to December when there is less precipitation. On the other hand, from January to March, the weather is slightly colder. The temperature in Tanzania in April is pleasant with outpours of rains every now and then. The country does not exactly get hit with monsoons and the chances of sighting animals during rains are quite high. The best part about April or May is the fact that the country is not flooded with tourist from all over the world. It will help you travel easier at lower costs.
10 Things To Do In Tanzania In April
Read on to know more about everything you can do in Tanzania in the month of April with your friends and/or family:
1. Olduvai Gorge
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge is the site where three million years old human fossils were discovered way back in the seventies. This site is what led to establishing the theory of evolution of human beings in Africa in the first place. Mary and Louis Leakey, the two paleoanthropologists, led the excavation of the site in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Even today, this site is definitely one of the must-visit places in Northern Tanzania. To visit, you can either take a safari or trek up to the site.
2. Kilwa Ruins
Located on the coast of Tanzania, where first Muslim settlers landed, the Kilwa ruins should definitely make a part of your itinerary while planning a trip to Tanzania in April. Dating back to the ninth century, these ruins and the city were once the biggest part of the East African region. The empire was rich and powerful given the tactful geographical position of the port on all the spices, gold and other things coming in and going out from India, China, and Arabia to Africa.
The Great Mosque in these ruins is one of the majestic monuments of the time. Probably the biggest mosque in East Africa, this beautiful structure is full of domes and arches and surely a must-visit!
No trip to Tanzania in April is complete without enjoying the nitty-gritty of life in Zanzibar. Playing an important part in spice trade as well as slaves trade at the time, Zanzibar today is a tourist center with lots of options for things to do. You can opt for scuba diving or snorkeling in the turquoise blue waters here. And if that is not your thing, stroll around the Stone Town area. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is also the place where you will find the house of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of British band Queen. With the fragrance of spices in the air even today, Zanzibar is a beautiful mix of old and modern.
The town of Iringa has so much to offer in terms of local art and artists. You can visit the Iringa Boma Museum here, which showcases works of the local tribes and their ways of life. It is a beautiful place to aquatint yourself with the culture of the area.
You can also visit the famous prehistoric site Igeleke, where you will spot rock paintings dating back thousands of years. With figures like elephants, giraffes, and human beings, this is surely one of the must-do activities while visiting Tanzania in April.
5. Ol Doinyo Lengai
In Tanzania in April, you can you visit the coolest (quite literally) volcano in the world. Ol Doinyo Lengai also called the Mountain of God by the natives, is the only active volcano in the whole world, where the lava that comes out is carbonatite instead of hot silica. You can definitely climb it but do so in the guidance of a local travel guide. Rising up to 2800 meters, the mountain sits on flat land, making for a picturesque scene. The lava on the mountain takes the color of black and grey instead of the usual red, you can see fumes on the top, but relatively, it is probably the safest volcano in the world.
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Although it is usually suggested to climb Kilimanjaro in the dryer season (for better views), you can try hiking in April too. The upside is that the crowds you will encounter on the hill would be significantly lesser than other (peak) seasons. You might also encounter snow on the top of the mountain. Be warned that hiking up Kili is not that easy a task. You would have to acclimatize well to stand on the top of the highest mountain in Africa.
If hiking is not your thing, try the famous Tanzania Safari in April in the vast and diverse Kilimanjaro National Park. Again, the safari charges and the number of people is significantly less in an offseason month like April.
Suggested Read: Visit Tanzania In March: The Season Of Wildlife Safaris
7. The Rock
A must for all couples, this phenomenal restaurant is located off the shore at a coral rock. You can walk up to here when it is low tide. After lunch or dinner, when the water is high, the restaurant organizes for boats to reach the shores. The blue-green waters should definitely be reason enough for you to visit The Rock, however, their food also is worth it. Ranging from prawns, crabs and other seafood to delicious burgers and chips, this place is definitely a must-visit.
8. Red Lake
Want to observe flamingos and the deadliest lake in the whole world – take a trip to Lake Natron in the Rift Valley! This beautiful lake appears red due to a high concentration of algae present in the water. This lake is so alkaline is nature due to high amounts of salt, that the entire area is not habitable for human beings. However, due to the unique ecology of the area, it is also the sanctuary of endangered flamingos so much so that if the saltiness of the lake is disturbed, the flamingo population will die out too. Just another weird way nature works in Africa!
9. Wonder Workshop
This inspiring place is located in the city of Dar es Salaam. Artists with disabilities come together on the floors of this shop to create world-class items from jewelry, sculptures to paintings, candles, and whatnot. Most items used here are waste which is recycled in decor objects you can buy. Visit this workshop and observe the wonderful artists at work. You can also commission works at this place, which will then be delivered to you at your home. No better way to take back memories from Tanzania in April.
Weather in Tanzania in April is not exactly warm or cold. This is the time rains hit this part of Africa. If you are familiar with the concept of the Great Migration, you might know, animals ranging from deer, wildebeest, and others move from one part of Tanzania to Kenya and back before and after the rains in search of food and grass. The numbers are so big that this migratory pattern is referred to as the Great Migration. The national park of Serengeti is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tanzania for the same reason. If you visit in April, crowds would be a lessee, and you might be able to catch some part of the migration without paying the hefty fees that apply otherwise in peak season.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Tanzania in April
A. Tanzania is breathtakingly beautiful in April, and there are so many activities that you could take part in, including exploring the nooks and corners of Olduvai, taking part in water-sports related activities in Zanzibar, witnessing the beautiful town of Iringa and many more.
A. April in Zanzibar is quite pleasant since the weather is comfortable enough to allow you to explore the country without any discomfort. Some of the most-visited places in Tanzania in April are Ol Doinyo Lengai, Mount Kilimanjaro, Red lake, Serengeti, and many more.
A. The average maximum and minimum temperature in Tanzania in April is 31 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius, respectively.
A. Though it frequently rains in April in Tanzania, you can easily hike Mount Kilimanjaro during that time. You will be able to explore the area more comfortably because of the scarcity of tourists during that time.
A. Red Lake is located in the Rift Valley of Tanzania, and it is immensely famous because not only is the red literally red due to the presence of algae in the water, but you will be able to witness numerous flamingos located out there. These creatures live off the lake.
A. You can reach the Kilwa Ruins by getting on a bus from Dar es Salaam. The area is located in the Lindi region.
A. Zanzibar is not only famous for its extraordinary scenic beauty, but it offers several water sports activities to its tourists, including scuba diving, snorkeling, and others.
A. Tanzania has two rainy seasons. The first one falls between March and June. The second one is between the end of October and the first week of December.
A. In Tanzania, people eat maize or millet with cooked green bananas, beans, fish or meat.
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