The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid, while the northwestern highlands are cool and temperate. There are two rainy seasons; the short rains are generally from October to December, while the long rains last from March to June. The central plateau tends to be dry and arid throughout the year.
The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during August and September and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the Dry season as well.
If you’re planning to travel to Tanzania, arriving at the right time of year is important. The best time of year to visit the country depends on what you want to see and do, as well as the length of your trip. You may also want to consider variables such as tourism numbers, budget, and weather. Please contact us for any further information!
June – October, Dry Season
Rainfall around the country is minimal with temperatures also dropping, meaning you might experience chilly overnight conditions from time to time. These months are peak season for tourism. However with such a large area, you’ll find there’s plenty of room for everybody. If you visit the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater, you might find that it is busier as they are such amazing attractions.
One of the best things about these months is you can visit all of the national parks, as conditions will be suitable for spotting game. Dry season is the best season for game in Tanzania, as the number of water sources is low therefore animals congregate in higher numbers. The southern and western parks have fewer tourists.
November – May, Wet Season
These months are considered to be the wet season, with long rainy days between March and May, and afternoon showers from November to February. In the latter part of rainy season, the rains shouldn’t affect your travels too much. The national parks are bursting with greenery, which is beautiful to look at but it can make wildlife viewing trickier. However, the northern national parks are great year round.
January and February is the peak calving season in the Serengeti, bringing in predators; nature at its finest.
If you like birdwatching, the wet season is the best time to visit Tanzania, as migratory birds are passing through.
Viewing Wildlife in the Serengeti
The wildebeest migration along with zebras, gazelles, elands and impalas can be seen throughout the year in Tanzania, as long as you’re in the right place. Fortunately, they are predictable so if this is on your bucket-list, you’ll be able to tick this one off. The Serengeti is the most famous place to see the Great Migration between June and September and for the Calving Season in the Southern Serengeti the best time is in January and February.
The departure dates for all our Safaris are totally flexible according to your own personal needs.
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