Why Visit East Africa in January

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East Africa is one of the most beautiful corners in Africa filled with a rich history, culture, natural resources, art, great food, amazing landscapes and the list could go on and on. When you are planning your trip to Tanzania or Kenya in January, here is why you should book a safari.

4 Best Experiences in Tanzania and Kenya During January

Wildlife viewing is the main activity in January, where there is the highest possibility of seeing the big five and other species-specific animals. In January, the following experiences are a must-see!

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate beauty of east Africa and the whole of Africa and usually, this is the number one reason for people to visit East Africa. If you are adventurous and climbing this beauty is in your bucket list then this is why you should visit in January. The primary issue that will determine a smooth journey is safety due to many risks associated with climbing a mountain. The best time to climb the mountain is the warmest and driest time which is in January.  The ‘climb’ is not technical, it is a strenuous multi-day hike requiring moderate to good levels of fitness

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro peaking from through the clouds: The highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. , Image Source: MaxPixels.Net

2. Serengeti

In January, there is a lot of movement in the southeast of The Serengeti since the Wildebeest Migration has just moved through the southeastern extent of their path, travelling westward from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). It is also the peak of the calving period with fertile soil and nutrient-rich soil which draws the predators and hence makes for a perfect game viewing experience. You will be in awe of the beautiful sunset view which is perfect for a photographic safari.


Lions watching the zebras in the distance in the Serengeti National Park, Image Source: MaxPixels.Net

3. Gorilla Trekking

In the whole of Africa, East Africa is the best for gorilla trekking. This is partly because you can only see the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda. In January most camps will be quiet since school holidays will be finished and this will allow you to get the most out of your gorilla trekking. The experience you will get from this Safari is unforgettable, magical, life-changing and worth every effort and money.

Gorilla Trekking

Baby Gorilla Catching a ride on his mom’s back in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda, Image Source: @markjordahl via Pixabay.Com

4. Indian Ocean Coast

After you have experienced game viewing with a lot of hiking and your feet confined safari boots, it is time to let your feet free and run to the water in the amazing beaches along the Indian Ocean coast. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind and disconnect from the daily routine. The Kenyan coastline stretches from Lamu to Mombasa in Kenya to Zanzibar in Tanzania. The coast is reached in Swahili culture and absorbing all of this will be one of the activities to remember. The Indian Ocean coast can be easily reached from the safari region, so you can book your flight directly from a safari area to the beautiful beaches in Tanzania and Kenya.

Indian Ocean coast

Camels cruising on Diana Beach in Mombasa., Image Source: @herbert2512 via Pixabay.Com


What To Expect From The Weather in January

In January, the East Africa region is in its secondary drier season which is the best season for game viewing since the lack of grass and foliage increases the visibility of animals and birds who tend to gather in the limited sources of water available. Most people find that the hot, dry weather is more pleasant than rainy seasons to avoid the muddy roads of the safari trails. 

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