Famed for its iconic wildlife and wildlife safaris, Tanzania remains a favourable destination to visit across the year. The country’s proximity to the equator ensures that the weather remains conducive to travel most of the year. If you are planning to visit this stunning country in search for its rare flora, fauna and other natural bounties, consider the month of March. The temperature hovers around 30℃ in the day, and the early morning showers ensures that afternoons are sunny and perfect for wildlife safaris. Need more reasons to visit Tanzania in March? Here we go:
The Great Wildebeest Migration
In the context of wildlife, the Great Wildebeest Migration is as big an event as the Football World Cup, only this astounding event happens every year. Make way to the southern sector of the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for witnessing the migration of the wildebeest across the Mara River to the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. Besides, the park is also home to the highest population of lions and leopards in Africa.
Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands
The Ngorongoro Crater Highlands are replete with wildlife, cultural and archaeological treasures. A day safari will reveal animals such as black rhinos, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, leopards and lions going about their day in the backdrop of lush grasslands. Eurasian migratory birds such as yellow wagtails, lesser flamingos, and white storks can also be spotted, especially around the water bodies. One of the major attractions here is the Olduvai Gorge, where footprints of early humans were first found. Besides, a thrilling trek to the top of the Oldonyo Lengai crater is also quite rewarding as is interacting with local indigenous tribes settled here.
Participate in a Marathon
The Kilimanjaro Marathon is one of the highly anticipated events in Tanzania, and sees a huge participation by locals and tourists. Apart from the prize money of about £1358, the major reward comes in the form of the scenic route that runners cover to complete the marathon. The 42.4 km full-marathon starts the Moshi Stadium and culminates around the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, covering splendid banana plantations and uphill slopes of mountains overlooking the city. The participants are made to feel like superstars by the cheering crowds gathered all along the route. The marathon will take place on the 3rd March in 2019.
Attend the Nyama Choma Festival
Roasted meat is a popular dish in several cultures around the world but not many of these have a festival dedicated to its celebration like Tanzania has. Locally called ‘mchuzi wa rosti ya maini’, the roasted meat, along with lamb and pork, is barbecued at homes and consumed in the presence of friends and family. Several city-wide events are also held to mark the festival, bringing the foodies and meat lovers of Tanzania together under one roof. The festival is a huge celebration, especially amongst the Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Dodoma, and Arusha communities.