East Africa is home to some of the most exciting and fascinating vacation activities and makes it a unique destination that cannot be replicated the world over. East Africa is filled with so many amazing experiences that would take you close to a lifetime to experience and each time of the year offers visitors a different experience
Depending on the time of year you spend in East Africa you'll have access to a specific type of experience or rather the best time to experience these activities. March is a great time to break away for a tropical holiday as you miss the end of year holiday crowd and can often take advantage of low prices due to a decline in travel.
So what can you expect once you land in East Africa in March?
March marks the end of the short dry season in East Africa, with light showers in the evening and flowers blossoming left and right! The temperatures in East Africa range from 15°C to 28°C in March. While there are short spells of rain in early March, the latter part of the month is dominated by heavy showers!
The best time to visit East Africa is none other than March, in case you want to enjoy your trip to the maximum level. There are some very fine spots in East Africa which would enthral you and make your visit just perfect in this month.
Here’s why you should visit East Africa in March:
Watch the flowers blossom at the Kitulo National Park, Tanzania
Kitulo National Park is also called God’s Garden by the locals owing to the numerous species of wildflowers that are rooted in this park. There are over 300 flower species here at the Kitulo National Park and numerous bird species as well. March is the best time to visit because that’s when the flowers are in their full glory!
Watch flowers blossom
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Observe the Great Migration of Serengeti in Tanzania
Head over to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and watch millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate in search of food and water! During March, these animals usually occupy parts of the south-east Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Nature Conservancy where the calving season is in full swing. It’s a great time to watch this wonderful natural phenomenon that has been termed as USA Today’s Seven Wonders of the World.
Have tasty roasted meat at the Nyama Choma Festival
The Tanzanians are known for their delicious Swahili cuisine, which includes the finger-licking Nyama Choma, which means roasted meat. Every year in March, a Nyama Choma Festival takes place where you can find good food and music while enjoying the East African cultural dances and interacting with the locals!
A Swahili Cuisine Nyama Choma
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Mount Kilimanjaro Marathon
Though the zenith of this wonderful mountain is covered by snow and surrounded by clouds for most of the year, if you happen to visit the Mount on a sunny day, you’ll witness one of the most delightful sights of the continent. This mountain of Kilimanjaro is not just the highest in Africa but is also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, having a height of about 6 km.
Hence, it goes without saying that safari to this mountain would be one heck of an experience for you. So, your visit to Tanzania in March is incomplete without visiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Every year in March, a Kilimanjaro Marathon also takes place which you can participate in!
If you are a food lover and also want to enjoy beaches in the East African summer, visit Zanzibar. It is located just off the coast of Tanzania. The island of Zanzibar since long has been the prime choice of the tourists to East Africa. The African vibes here will mesmerize you and the streets of the old city will leave you shell-shocked. Stone Town has now been declared a world heritage site and is full of buzzing streets and amazing food.
Last, but not the least, Zanzibar has some wonderful beaches which present the tourists with a wonderful experience in March. You’ll get the best rates for luxurious resorts in March as it’s not part of the peak tourist season and you’ll also have ample privacy at the beaches!
One of Zanzibar Hotel and Beach
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Wildlife and scenery at the Ngorongoro Crater
While wildlife viewing is excellent in the Ngorongoro Crater all year, the month of March is great because the rates of the lodges in the Conservation Area are low and there aren’t a lot of crowds, which means you’ll get to see more wilderness and fewer people. Make sure you have raincoats though because March is wet in the Ngorongoro Crater!
Birdwatching at the Tarangire National Park
Many migratory birds are present in March in the Tarangire National Park! Over 500 species of birds can be observed which include ashy starling, tawny eagle, red and yellow barbet, speckle-fronted weaver and the beautiful yellow-collared lovebird.
Birds at National Park
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Lake Nakuru Safari
Lake Nakuru is one of the most prime tourist spots in Kenya. If you are a bird lover, visit this Park in March. You’ll be able to spot numerous pink flamingoes as well as about 400 species of water-dwelling birds!
This lake is spread over an area of 180 sq. km and it is home to waterbuck, impala, baboon and warthog. Not only this, but wildlife lovers can also find buffaloes, leopards, black and white rhino, eland and giraffe as well. The north of the lake also has some hippos. So, if you visit Kenya in March, don’t forget to visit Lake Nakuru Safari.
Watch Migratory Birds and observe the picturesque scenery at Amboseli National Park
Kenya Although March is one of the wet months, wildlife species are abundant during this time at the Amboseli National Park. It’s also the best month for bird viewing because thousands of migratory birds arrive here in March!
So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to East Africa in March and have an experience of a lifetime there! You can head over to our “flights” section to check flights in March. The rates of lodges and hotels are very low during March so it’s the best time to go if you’re on a budget!