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Best time to visit Tanzania


The best time to go to Tanzania depends on what you are want to do & see.


What’s the best month to plan my Tanzania safari?, This is a question we often receive from our guests.

There is no "Best Time" to visit. Owing to its vast area, the climate in Tanzania varies from region to region, and in any given month and there will be a best time for something... birding... catching up with the Great Migration in a certain region. As in every tropical and sub-tropical region there are only two seasons. It is either dry or raining.

We are experts in creating Tanzania safari experiences and we often get asked the same questions from people planning their adventures. Our commitment is to listen and understand your unique style and interests as we design and help you choose your authentic trip.


THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TANZANIA

Tanzania is the land of safaris and best known for its incredible Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, there really is no better place to see game in Africa. Game viewing, like most safari destinations, is undoubtedly better in the dry season but there are wonderful attractions all year round and with a long coastline along Africa’s Eastside, you’ll have access to some beautiful beaches where you will get to enjoy soft white sand and bright blue waters; a true piece of African paradise.

For game spotting and safaris, generally speaking, if you are travelling between June and October, the Southern and Western circuit parks are the best places to visit; whilst travelling outside of those months will take you to the Northern circuit parks.

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

This United Republic is a vast country located along Africa’s East Coast, bordering Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania is divided into a number of key regions and whilst the Southern and coastal areas have a tropical climate, the Northern region is cool and temperate.

Over 50% of the country is covered by savannah and bush whilst the remaining land is covered by semi-arid desert. If your travelling to Tanzania, it’s important to bear in mind the different regions and climate zones as well as understanding the two key seasons (wet and dry).

Our favorite time to travel

Are you completely flexible in choosing your travel dates? Then we would recommend the months of October, November and March, based on our personal favorite seasons. All three months are generally sunny, warm and dry.

There is a lot of activity on the savanna plains, especially in March with the newborn animals. Yet you will avoid the crowds and the parks are more quiet. And with some clever planning, with help from your Tanzania expert, you will still benefit attractive discounts!

Tanzania Month by month travel guide. Mount Kilimanjaro, Wildlife Safari & Zanzibar Holiday

Read more about each month on the following table:


Month In A Year

Temperature & Rainfall

Wildlife Viewing

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Beach Lazy

January

Hot and sunny with little rain. Considered high season and fairly popular for traveling.

The Ndutu plains in the south of Serengeti are teemed with wildlife. Superb bird watching of migratory birds (Nov-March).

Excellent climbing conditions thanks to being dry, warm and clear.

Hot and dry, ideal for sun bathing, snorkeling and diving.

February

Also sunny and hot, with limited rainfall.

The best month for witnessing calves being born in Ndutu. Excellent bird watching opportunities.

Warm and dry. Chances of snow on the summit are higher than in the summer season, though the slopes are generally more quiet.

Hot temperatures, perfect beach holiday to escape the cold European winter. Good period for big game fishing.

March

High temperatures while humidity builds up. The first rain of the rainy season might appear towards the end of the month. This is also the period that many safari lodges reduce their prices.

Great time for viewing the large herds of wildebeest and zebras, their young ones and many predators in the south.

Still good climbing conditions, especially for the first half of the month.

Warm and fairly sunny, while the beaches are less busy. Great for exploring the mangroves.

April

Start of the long rainy season with sometimes heavy rains (mostly at night up till the morning).
 Lodges will offer great discounts, although a few may close for this month.

Despite of the wet season, game drives continue normally where the tracks are passable. The air has become crisp and clear and there is plenty of water and grass for the animals.

Not the best time for climbing due to the regular rainfall. If you are confined to this period, then consider a route via the northern end which tends to be drier.

Also expect rainfall at the coast and on the islands. A number of lodges close down.

May

The rains are getting lighter from the second half of May. Lodges are not busy so often you will receive a special VIP treatment.

The national parks are still relatively little visited, having them almost to yourself. The scenery is green and blooming, and the Ngorongoro Crater floor beautifully covered with flowers.

The rains, especially in the first half, can make the routes slippery and challenging. Therefore May is also not ideal for trekking.

The green scenery makes a gorgeous contrast to the white sandy beaches. While the rains decrease you will still find almost deserted beaches.

June

The end of the wet season and start of the 'winter' in Tanzania, though you still might experience a little rain. Especially for the first half of the month you can still benefit from low season rates.

The scenery is beautiful with green vegetation and wild flowers. This however also might make spotting wildlife more difficult due to the long grass.

Climbing season is starting again. As the rain drifts away, it is usually clear of clouds.

The weather is cool, comfortable and sometimes windy. Slowly the beaches are attracting more visitors.

July

A popular time for traveling and considered to be peak season. The weather is dry but colder. Pack warm clothing for the chilly evenings and early mornings.

The Wildebeest Migration has arrived in the north where the famous river crossing will take place. In the meantime, the steppes dry up and the vegetation thins out.

Being dry, July is a good month for climbing. It can get very cold though.

The coastline and islands tend to be more crowded. The weather is relatively cool and comfortable, sometimes a bit windy. Average daytime is 26 degrees.

August

Still dry and cool. The roads might get dustier, while the savanna plains turn golden in color. There are fewer mosquitoes because of little to no rain.

As bushes dry out and water holes attract more animals, it becomes easier to spot wildlife.
 Elephants gather in Tarangire National Park while the Great Migration remains in northern Tanzania, giving away a spectacular show.

Often cold with a dripping cloud belt hanging over the mountain above the forest and moorland. Chances of clear views are however increasing.

Dry and cool. With August being peak season, make sure to book early as beach resorts get fully booked quickly.

September

End of peak season but it can still be quite busy. September marks also the ‘spring’ in Tanzania: temperatures are slowly rising and bushes and trees are blossoming.

Great game viewing with high concentration of wildlife along the rivers. To view the Wildebeest Migration you still have to go to the north of Serengeti.

Cool but clear days with good visibility. September-October are generally one of the best months to plan your climbing expedition.

Blue skies and sunny days while the sea water warms up.

October

Warm and generally dry, with occasionally some rain showers. They refresh the air and wash away the dust.

The plains are dry and the grass is short. The herds around the Mara River are slowly preparing their long journey back to the south.

Great climbing conditions with comfortable temperatures. Usually clear mornings and evenings with excellent visibility.

Sunny and warm with little (short) rain. The beaches are now less crowded and so are the (snorkeling) tours.

November

November is also part of the wet season, with short rains overnight or late in the afternoon. The days are sunny with still increasing temperatures. Being low season means less crowded parks and lower rates.

Scenery is turning green again although the rains are not likely to affect your game drives. The Migration is moving towards the southern plains in search of fresh grass and water.

Pleasant temperatures but the short rains might affect the climbing route, making it more muddy and slippery.

Generally sunny with some rain showers. A great month to visit Mafia Island to swim with the Whale Sharks.

December

Starting to get hot, while some little rainfall still may appear. The first part of the month is still low season. But keep in mind that the second half is very busy over the Christmas period.

The Migration has found its way back south again. Bird watching is at its best, thanks to the migratory birds that have arrived.

Good climbing as rains fade away. And who doesn’t want to have a white Christmas in the snow!

Hot and sunny with rising humidity. Note that many of the beach hotels maintain a minimum stay of 6 nights during the popular festive season.

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