Tanzania

Tanzania in April

April weather and where to go

April continues the long rainy season and, as with March, sees plenty of clouds and rain throughout. Southern and western parks have the highest humidity during the rainy season so can become somewhat uncomfortable. These are also the areas where hotels and lodges are likely to close down or offer discounts due to the unfavourable climate. Accommodation such as the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is also almost half price during this season so you can great value for money if you choose to travel at this time. The chart below shows the averages for the Serengeti throughout the month and the comparative average rainfall in Zanzibar

Despite the rains, this season can be some people’s favourite time to visit Tanzania for safaris. The parks are often devoid of other travellers yet full of animals making the most of the abundant water supplies. Animals are harder to spot due to the flourishing foliage but plenty of predators and herbivores remain. The south and south-eastern parts of the Serengeti generally have wide open plains with poor tree coverage at all times, therefore game viewing is still good here even during the rains. 

Wildebeest start to return to the hills in the north in April as the young are now a few months old. As long as you have the correct equipment to keep your camera dry then you should be able to get some great photos during this time.

Kavati and Mahale Mountains remain difficult to access so if you are looking to go on a chimp trek it would be worth considering a different time of year to travel; June marks the beginning of this season. Similarly, Selous and Rhuara are likely to be closed due to arrival only being possible using bush runways.

Zanzibar is probably at its wettest in April due to the Kusi monsoon winds bringing in high levels of precipitation and therefore is not the best time to combine your safari with a break on the island.

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