The rainy season
There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania: the main rains in April/May and the short rains in November/December and there isn’t a ‘starting date’. Nobody knows when they are going to arrive and how violent they will be. Why? It depends on a number of casualties among which there are climate change and human activities, like the careless deforestation and pollution. They often start softly and come together with wind.
It rains in all parts of Tanzania, but at different levels. Last year it was very tough in the city of Dar es Salaam: a real flood with very negative consequences for the inhabitants. This year we don’t know how it will be because it has just started: Dar has already had a couple of bad days, tough.
This season has its pros and cons: water is basic for plants, animals and humans.
Plants grow and produce, animals drink and can find food and humans benefit from all this richness.
The bush is full of all kind of species, apart from Tarangire National park where the type of soil makes life difficult for animals.
On the other hand, we must take into consideration the disadvantages that a rainy season brings with it if it’s too violent: infrastructure and houses can be destroyed as well as vegetation and last, but not least, people and animals can die.
Some of the towns, like Arusha, are provided with special ditches to drain water. They are very useful and avoid a
lot of accidents.
It is strange for a western to witness all this. We’ve got hot and cold seasons with huge temperature excursions, but there are places in which everything is based on dry or wet periods. This affects everything, even people’s temper.
For now, the only thing we can do is to wait and see how this year the rainy season will develop. In any case, at the end of it, because it always ends, we will enjoy the fresh July and August, my two favorite months of the year.
(Some of the photographs of this article have been taken from the local press).