Tanzania is well known for its wildlife safaris and the highest active volcanic mountain in the world. It is a land of nature’s treasure, where one can come across the rarest species of animals and birds to the rarest gemstone that can be found only in Tanzania. The proximity of the Country to the equator makes the weather pattern here differ completely from the rest of the world. Tanzania in March is equally lovely to visit when compared to the high season of mountain climbing in October. Though March does not constitute as a spring season in Tanzania, there are some interesting activities that one can indulge in to make it an adventurous respite.
Weather In Tanzania In March
The weather in Tanzania unlike other countries in the world is mainly distributed into 2 seasons- a wet/rainy season and a dry season. Tanzania has two wet seasons starting from March to May and November to December. The Tanzania temperatures in March averages at about 30℃ in the day and nights are about 20℃. Tourists can expect heavy rainfall towards the second half of the month. Humidity is very high during this season. The early morning showers allow the afternoons to be quite sunny and perfect for wildlife safaris.
5 Things To Do In Tanzania In March
Its not just about taking a Tanzania safari in March. The place offers a lot of activities to the visitors that you can’t miss out. Here are some of the things to do there in the month of March. Read on to know more!
- Ngorongoro Crater Highlands: Take A Safari
- Serengeti National Park: Witness Wildbeest Migration
- Nyama Choma Festival: Participate And Have Fun
- Mount Kilimanjaro: Run In A Marathon
- Zanzibar Islands: Have Fun
1. Ngorongoro Crater Highlands: Take A Safari
The climate varies across the regions within Tanzania because of its juxtaposition with the equator. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is all time pleasant with high chances of wildlife spotting to go on on a safari. The grasslands are lush green making it an engaging safari. One can spot animals such as black rhinos, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, leopards, lions, mountain reebucks, hyenas and the likes.
March is generally a low season for tourists here which means accomodation is better with reasonable rates and less tourist traffic. It is the best time to plan a holiday to Tanzania for bird watching as many Eurasian migratory birds such as yellow wagtails, lesser flamingos, and white storks congregate around the lakes in the craters or wetlands and streams. Grassland birds such as ostriches can also be spotted. Ngorongoro crater has a high density of endemic residents and has also been a major paleontological and archeological site. Olduvai Gorge, a site in the conservation area has been recognized as the spot where the first early human footprints were found.
Walking safaris are arranged by tour operators over the Empakai or Olmoti craters. The people of Maasai tribe live across the grasslands in the rainy season. One can visit their settlements at the periphery of the conservation area and learn about their culture and tradition. Ngorongoro hosts the third tallest active volcano in Tanzania and mountaineers can trek up to the top of the crater, Oldonyo Lengai.
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2. Serengeti National Park: Witness Wildbeest Migration
Serengeti National Park is known as the home of the wildebeest migration making it Tanzania’s best tours in March. One can see the migration all throughout the year. The park is located around 300 km away from Arusha past the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Serengeti has the highest congregation of large mammals such as the lions and leopards in Africa. The wildebeest migration takes place every year as they go around looking for greener grasslands. The migration solely depends on the area of rainfall.
March is the perfect time to watch the wildebeest migration from Serengeti National Park across the Mara river towards the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. During the months from January to March, the wildebeests are in the Southern sector of Serengeti as it is the calving season. Thousands of newborn calves are seen in a herd during this season. Visitors are advised to stay in the accommodations available in the Park for more than 3 days as there are numerous things to see around.
3. Nyama Choma Festival: Participate And Have Fun
Food in Tanzania can be a topic of debate among the locals as to which meat tastes the best. The locals do have some family recipes that are passed down through generations. One such recipe is that of mchuzi wa rosti ya maini which literally translates to roasted meat stew in Swahili. Roasted meat or grilled meat is part of the Tanzanian culture and is celebrated every year by organizing a festival called Nyama Choma in the month of March. The festival is observed as a Tanzanian holiday in March. The Swahili translation to the festival is grilled meat festival or more commonly called the barbecue festival. Locals of Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Dodoma, and Arusha get together during this festival and relish some grilled chicken, lamb or pork.
4. Mount Kilimanjaro: Run In A Marathon
Every year in March, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association and the Tanzania Tourist board affiliate to organize the Kilimanjaro Marathon. The Marathon starts from the Moshi Stadium and the full Marathon range up to 42.2 km around the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route of the marathon includes passing through the beautiful banana plantations at the foothills of the mountain, the main road of Dar es Salaam and winding back to the gentle uphill slopes of the mountain and descend across the other side of the mountain, ending the run at the Moshi stadium. People throng all along the marathon route with music and refreshments stalls cheering the participants.
The Marathon is organized to promote sports and athletics in Tanzania and visitors are welcome to participate. There are half marathons and wheelchair marathons organized for the disabled. A merry run is organized for 5 km to get people to cheer for the runners. The winners get a prize money of INR 1,26,000 and medals.
5. Zanzibar Islands: Have Fun
Though the March weather can be a bit tricky for an island holiday, the initial part of March is still a great time to visit Zanzibar. Most of the resorts in the Islands allow discounts due to low tourist traffic. The pineapple season begins around in March in the Islands, giving one a perfect opportunity to savor the sweet citrusy fruit to the heart’s content.
The Old Fort built during the Arab rule is one of the major sightseeing spots of Zanzibar. The open-air theatre in the Old Fort is the hotspot for international film and music festivals that are held annually. The Sultan’s Palace and the house of wonders are also worth the visit. Apart from these, one can visit the ancient Persian bathhouses. You can also take a Zanzibar honeymoon to spice it up all!
The cobblestone streets of Zanzibar has a lot of local souks where one can buy the world famous spices grown on the Island. One should definitely look out for cinnamon, pepper, saffron, lemongrass, and nutmeg. A one-stop shop for all the souvenirs is an emporium called The Memories of Zanzibar where one can buy pan-African products ranging from woven baskets to fabrics.
4 Places To Visit In Tanzania In March
- Lake Victoria: The Largest Lake In Tanzania
- Gaddafi Mosque: The Largest Mosque In The Country
- Cave Waterfall: A Stunning Cascade
- Tarangire National Park: An Astounding National Park
If you plan on visiting Tanzania in March and are looking for what all places you can visit then here are a few suggestions. Check these out on your trip to have the best experience and plan for a trip soon!
1. Lake Victoria: The Largest Lake In Tanzania
Do you think taking a safari in Tanzania in March suffices? Do you too consider the mainstream things to do in Tanzania as the only ones? If you do then wait till you read about the gorgeous lakes in Tanzania and your thoughts will change! Lake Victoria is one of the many beauties and stretches across an area of 68,000 sq kilometers. It is the largest lake in Tanzania and the second largest lake in the world. You can also take a dip in this fresh water lake and enjoy the views.
2. Gaddafi Mosque: The Largest Mosque In The Country
If you plan on visiting Tanzania in March or during any other month then visit the Gaddafi Mosque. One of the most popular mosques in Tanzania and the largest one in the country, Gaddafi Mosque is named after the popular and loved leader Muammar Al Gaddaafi. He financially supported and contributed when this mosque was being built. The grandeur and the architecture of this mosque is spectacular which contributes to its fame.
3. Cave Waterfall: A Stunning Cascade
It might come as a shock to you but there are some gorgeous waterfalls in Tanzania and one of them is the gorgeous Cave Waterfall. Located at a height of 1940 meters, Cave Waterfall is serene and there are some very specific rules that you need to follow when visiting these waterfalls. One can visit the waterfalls only with a special permit from the AUWASA or under the guidance of the tour agents. You will have to take a small yet easy hike to reach the waterfall.
4. Tarangire National Park: An Astounding National Park
One of the best places to visit in Tanzania is the 6th largest national park in Tanzania, the Tarangire National Park. Situated in the Manyara region, this national park is not very popular however is equally astonishing and beautiful. You can encounter African variants of lions, zebras, elephants and a lot more here. Interacting with wildlife is always fun and it becomes even more fun here!
Tips To Visit Tanzania In March
- Getting a yellow fever vaccination is a must before entering the Country and one must carry the proof of it.
- As it is the start of the rainy season, mosquitoes pose a problem in the National Parks. It is advisable to carry some mosquito repellants for the nights.
- Some routes of safari could be closed due to the rains.
- The rains bring in lush greenery in the parks making the spotting of the animals a bit arduous and thus, visitors are advised to carry a pair of binoculars.
Tanzania in March is an exciting time to watch the wildlife. If one is looking for a place close to nature with lush greenery, exotic flowers and some rare species of birds and animals, Tanzania is the place for you. Plan your vacation in Tanzania and escape into the laps of nature.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tanzania In March
A. In a year Tanzania experiences rainy season two times, one around the months of March to May and the next one from the end of October to the first half of December.
A. Tanzania is considered as a third world country because of its poor development and extreme poverty.
A. Some of the best things to shop for in Tanzania are jewelry, woven baskets, tribal jewelry, batik, and wooden carvings.
A. Ugali, Ndizi Kaanga, Nyama Choma, Mshikaki, date nut bread, and Wali Wa Nazi are some of the best things to eat in Tanzania.
A. Yes, absolutely! Tanzania is generally a safe country and is hassle-free to visit. However, you should take the basic precautions and read in detail about the dos and don’ts here.
A. Tanzania is mainly famous for its wildlife safaris and active volcanoes. It is also known for being home to the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.
A. Yes, there are plenty of beaches in Tanzania. Paje Beach, Sange Beach, Kipepeo Beach, and Bongoyo Island Beach are some of them.
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