Tanzania safari trip in February


Oct 7th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Tanzania safari trip in February

We're considering the trip, and eager to get away from our icy winters. But how wicked hot is it in February? I'm not sure I can handle mid-ninetys.
I know that calving season is around this time, but what about cubs? When would we be best able to see them?
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Oct 7th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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February is one of the 'summer' months, so it's not unusual for daytime temps on the mainland for safari to reach into the 90s, though mostly dry (except for hotels in Arusha that have a/c, not so when out on safari though mornings/nights are cooler... maybe by 15-20 degrees. Zanzibar though is tropical where daytime temps can easily go into the 100s, and definitely humid. This is peak season for many wishing to get away from the nasty/cold on the Continent or from North America... so prices will match.

Yes, the calving takes place during this time and even cat cubs can be born, though the latter are also born year-round. When it comes to safari, what you see from day-to-day or area-to-area is never a guarantee, but you can be assured of seeing more than imagined. Also know that because of the calving, it's the busiest time and even at this late date many lodges/camps are fully booked... though you might get lucky.

On Zanzibar, I would highly recommend a place that has air conditioning vs only ceiling fans.

Suggest you contact a tour operator or in-country outfitter as soon as, to determine what is available and how it works with your estimated budget.

And, if you haven't done so yet... check to see what international flights are available and costs.
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Oct 8th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Thanks very much for your reply, Sandi.
We've got feelers out to some tour operators with availability, including OAT.
We weren't planning to go to Zanzibar because of the heat and humidity.
Another question - In case we come in a day early to Arusha to get over the long flight, what would you suggest doing for an easy few hours in town?
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Oct 9th, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Your first day on the OAT trip is fairly laid back... cultural and shopping activities. If you arrive early, you could go to Arusha NP on a day trip and start your wildlife viewing early. Or, head out to the Cultural Centre for some shopping.

Temperatures can really fluctuate in February. When I was Tanzania in February 2005, it was over 100 degrees some days. Then, a series of thunderstorms came through and broke the heat wave. Like anywhere else, the actual temperatures will most likely vary from the averages.
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Mar 29th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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We did get to Tanzania in February, with OAT. We did the pre-trip to the Kilimanjaro area, but not to Zanzibar.
We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the country and its people very much.
The weather was fine. We had a bit of rain a few times, either at night or only for about half an hour during the day.
The only time it was very hot - say about the mid-90s - was on about a third of the days for an hour or two in the afternoon.
We did bring along packets of electrolytes which we used a few times.
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Mar 30th, 2013, 12:23 AM
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On the OAT Trip did you spend a lot of time driving from place to place? We're the lodges inside or outside the game areas? How many people with you? What kind of vehicles? Any specific info would be great
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Mar 30th, 2013, 06:59 AM
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There wasn't much "mindless" driving as there were numerous stops of interest between lodgings which were about 6 hours apart. Of course, when you're on game drives, you're in the vehicles for 3-4 hours at a stretch, except for pit-stops
Aside from the hotel in Arusha, there were two lodges outside the parks, two tented-camps (permanent) just outside, and one mobile camp inside. but all were in woodland areas where there might be animals around. (there were fences and/or guards)
Our pretrip had 5 travelers plus guide and local tracker. The main trip had 14 plus trip leader and two driver-guides. We had 3 vehicles with pop-up and fold-back tops. Everyone had a window seat.
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