Paul and Pamela - ESSEX, UK
TRAVEL DATE: SEPT 2013 POSTED: NOV 2013
As per Siwandu but better game viewing. Dinner by candlelight in the dry river bed was to dream for! Askaris are always around to escort you to and from your tent in case the camp elephant is around.
Steve & Denise - TEXAS, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
We had a great stay at Jongomero, its remote location was the main attraction to us. You only saw the odd safari wagon from the same camp, there was no one else around. Molly, the camp manager, had the greatest knowledge of wildli... Read More
We had a great stay at Jongomero, its remote location was the main attraction to us. You only saw the odd safari wagon from the same camp, there was no one else around. Molly, the camp manager, had the greatest knowledge of wildlife that we have ever met, and this was our sixth safari. Less
Sarah Durie - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2010 POSTED: OCT 2013
We'd heard good things about Jongomero and we weren't let down when arrived. You enter the camp by the main mess area and it is an impressive high thatched roof building with wooden decking overlooking the seasonal (now dry) Jongo... Read More
We'd heard good things about Jongomero and we weren't let down when arrived. You enter the camp by the main mess area and it is an impressive high thatched roof building with wooden decking overlooking the seasonal (now dry) Jongomero River. A lovely spot! The rooms are equally impressive – with a thatched roof with the tent suspended from it, eucalyptus wooden floors, handmade dhow wooden furniture, a huge bed, lots of space, private verandah with a day bed and an huge bathroom. with a flush loo, dual basins, and a big shower area. The food was top notch and varied – we had sail fish thru to fillet of beef and then the impressive bush breakfast. The wildlife in this area of the park seemed as good as the rest of the park – during our stay we saw mating lions, lots of giraffe, elephant, two herds of buffalo, impala, baboons, vervets, hippos, crocos, kudo, jackal and most excitingly wild dogs!! They guides were very excited to see these as they only appear 3 or 4 times a year. The guiding was of a very high standard in particular. The Kenyan born manager, Molly, is very passionate about the bush and its wildlife and full of knowledge. He explains everything so well and in an interesting and fascinating manner. His girlfriend, Noelle, hosts the guests and looks after all of the goings on in and around camp. She is great. Very enthusiastic, engaging and professional. The team spirit here definitely rubs off on the clients. Less
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Tanzania?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see as the climate varies between the national parks and reserves in the north and south of the country.
The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park in the north and Ruaha National Park are all relatively high above sea level, so make sure you pack for cool mornings and evenings, with temperatures on the Crater rim dropping very low in the winter months. Selous Game Reserve and the coast are warmer throughout the year.
January to March
While the northern hemisphere has its winter Tanzania is basking in the hot sunny days that accompany East Africa’s summer months. Wildlife viewing is good in these months with the wildebeest relatively static in the south of the Serengeti in their calving grounds.
Temperatures on the coast between January and March are perfect for a beach holiday.
April and May
As these are the months when the ‘long rains’ traditionally come to Tanzania, visitor numbers drop dramatically. Travel by road can be difficult and animals can be harder to find as their access to water improves, but lower prices, lush flora, and few other people on safari in the national parks and reserves, can mean excellent game viewing.
June to October
These months are Tanzania’s high season and wildlife viewing is thought to be at its best. Areas dry up and animals are more concentrated around the water that is available, with the wildebeest migration travelling through the northern reaches of the Serengeti and into Kenya’s Masai Mara. The winter months do mean that leaves drop from trees while shrubs and grass die, but days are sunny and hot with pleasantly cool nights.
On the coast the weather gets warmer during these months with July onwards being a high season for holidays to Tanzania’s beaches.
A low season with low prices to encourage visitors, November can be an excellent time for both safari and beach. There can be rain, but if it comes it tends to be in short sharp showers.
Tanzania is in high demand for safari and beach holidays over Christmas and New Year since wildlife viewing is good throughout the country and the temperatures on the coast are perfect for a beach holiday.
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