Flights to Morogoro
Morogoro is a mid-sized city in eastern Tanzania, and it is a great place to stay if you want to visit some of the wildlife parks in the area. It’s a modern city with good facilities, paved roads and public transportation.
The Julius Nyerere International Airport (airport code: DAR) in Dar Es Salaam is the closest one for flights to Morogoro from Johannesburg. It is 170km away and there are regular buses between the cities. You can catch a flight to Morogoro arriving in Dar Es Salaam with either South African Airways or Precision Air Services for a non-stop route. With Kenya Airways, there will be one connection in Nairobi. Air Botswana is another option, and their route stops in Gaborone as well as in Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Morogoro:
Mikumi National Park
Morogoro is actually within the boundaries of the Mikumi National Park, so you are already there without much additional travel. The protected area continues farther south as the Selous Game Reserve. This park offers a wide range of traditional African wildlife that you would expect to see while out on safari. You are likely to see lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, baboons, buffalo, wildebeest and a large number of antelope species such as the eland, kudu and impala. Between May and November (the dry season) is the best time to see the animals. You can travel through the park on your own as many main roads pass through it, or plan to take a guided tour.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Slightly to the west of Mikumi and Selous parks is the very rugged Udzungwa Mountains National Park that makes a great change of pace after the open savannah of the other parks. Aside from the high mountains, there is also thick lush rainforest with rivers and waterfalls. Primates such as colobus monkeys are common, and there are hundreds of bird species in the area. There are no maintained roads through this park so you will be on foot during your stay. Camping facilities are available but there are no lodges for overnight visitors.
Dar es Salaam
Less than 2 hours to the east of Morogoro is the city of Dar es Salaam, where you can find some additional activities if you want to spend some time in the big city. The National Museum should be first on your list while here, to see exhibits on the long history of the area dating back to Stone Age archaeological artefacts. Another spot for history is the Kunduchi Ruins that are remains of a 15th century mosque and several old tombs. Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens or the open-air Village Museum where you can see reconstructions of buildings from many Tanzanian cultures.
When Should You Visit?:
You will not be able to completely avoid the heat in Morogoro but some months are a little cooler than the rest of the year, and would make the best time to visit. That would be in June or July. It reaches 27C (81F) for those months and the rainfall is pretty minimal as well. That’s as cool as it will get in Morogoro. The heat reaches its highs from November until the end of February, when it goes up to 32F (89F) in the daytime.