BEST TIME TO VISIT KILIMANJARO FOR A NORTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI
In general, animals are easier to spot when foliage is sparse and dry from July to October, especially in the vicinity of the camps, where there are often attractive waterholes. There is minimal rainfall, low humidity, mosquitoes are not generally a problem, and if you feel chilly in the morning or at night, there is always a cheerful campfire or a welcome hot-water bottle and plenty of blankets. Bring long trousers and a light fleece for an early trip to Kilimanjaro or an evening drive.
Seasonal monthly temperatures on the plains of the national park range comfortably from the lows of 60 F (15 C) to the high of 90 F (32 C) degrees. Temperature on the mountain during your climb has a ultra-higher drop. The Amboseli Plains in western Kilimanjaro undergo a dramatic change in the rains, although these are relatively sparse beginning in November and December. It is warmest in January and February in East Africa when there is some respite from the rain and the grass begins to green, but the altitude keeps the heat from becoming oppressive on the foothills.
Later when the heavier rains arrive around mid-March, April and May, and when a shallow salt lake forms over the veldt, conditions are best for bird-watching. Waders gather in the shallow salty water and on the wooded hillsides, lush new foliage shelters the nests of jewel-like weaver birds. Temperatures rise to the 75 F (24 C) in the day and rarely drop below 50 F (10 C) at night, but humidity is not a problem at this elevation.
The main disadvantage is that skies are cloudy, affecting the views, and also the soil is damp. There is rarely rain all day, but it can adversely affect both driving and walking. From early July to late October, the dried out salt pan is arid and bedeviled by dust spirals, but other areas in Kilimanjaro are at their best. Fortunately, not many visitors make this western Kilimanjaro tour in the wilds of Tanzania, so it is never crowded.
It could be seriously damaged by a large influx of tourists, but remains a secret destination for the privileged few. For those who want to hike Kilimanjaro mountain on a full or half day, the dry period is also the best time to consider climbing it as adverse weather conditions at increased altitudes can make mountain trek very uncomfortable and there is always a risk of rock slides during the wet period.
On the lower slopes, the ground can be slippery and trekking in the wet is not the best decision as ascent terrain can be discomforting for a leisurely or serious hike. Expect fog, rain, gray clouds, wind, muddy soil and also freak lighting (read more on the best time to climb Kilimanjaro with AfricanMecca).
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WHERE TO STAY IN KILIMANJARO
AfricanMecca lists three excellent safari accommodations in western Kilimanjaro, ranked according to the experiences and standards of hospitality they have to offer under their Safari Tier brand.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN KILIMANJARO
Each camp in Western Kilimanjaro offers it own specialized activities, bird-watching safaris, nature walks, game drives including off-road and night safaris, hikes, troute fishing and visits to native villages.
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GUIDE ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO PARK
Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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