Ben & Erika - DEVON, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
We stayed at Onsea House twice, and both times were comfortable and cared for. The chef is from Belgium, and he uses fresh Tanzanian produce and foods to create culinary delights that are unique and delicious. The rooms are comfor... Read More
We stayed at Onsea House twice, and both times were comfortable and cared for. The chef is from Belgium, and he uses fresh Tanzanian produce and foods to create culinary delights that are unique and delicious. The rooms are comfortable, the grounds are impeccable and the pool inviting. A great place to stay while in or near Arusha. Less
Richard Smith - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2010 POSTED: OCT 2013
Onsea House was one of the finds of the trip! It is a really nice owner-run guest house on the Arusha JRO road. The Belgian owners (cousins) are quick, wacky professional people. Axel is a serious chef and cooks all the clients’... Read More
Onsea House was one of the finds of the trip! It is a really nice owner-run guest house on the Arusha JRO road. The Belgian owners (cousins) are quick, wacky professional people. Axel is a serious chef and cooks all the clients’ meals. They will only accept guests if they can look after them. Beautiful rooms, a really nice garden and a large lovely pool. This is a real hidden gem...until every other UK operator cottons on! 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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