One of the most important considerations when planning a safari is choosing the best time to go. The best time to go on a safari in Tanzania will heavily depend on the experience you’d like to have and animals you hope to see.
Is avoiding crowds important to you? An off season trip in January or February will be best. Is seeing the Great Migration the reason for your trip? June and July are your best options.
When is the best time for a safari in Tanzania?
The dry season in Tanzania is generally from June to October. Rainfall is minimal during these months, even on the islands and Zanzibar. Temperatures vary with altitude, but generally sunny skies and warm weather can be expected. There are also fewer mosquitos since there is little rain.
January and February are not technically in the dry season, but are historically a good time to visit Tanzania. Rain chances are higher and weather is slightly cooler, but these months are good options for off-season travelers.
March and April are part of the rainy season in Tanzania, along with November and December. During these months, intermittent showers ranging from light rain to downpours can be expected. These rains don’t drastically impact game drives, the weather is just more unpredictable.
There are also benefits to the wet season – it boasts lush greenery, some of the best viewing of migratory birds, lower rates, and less crowded parks.
What is the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania for animal watching?
The best time for a safari in Tanzania depends on more than just the weather, but also what type of wildlife you want to see.
Generally speaking, you will see more wildlife during the dry months of June, July, August, September, and October. But there are advantages to visiting earlier in the year during the brief dry season in January and February, like the ability to see animals with their young.
If you have your heart set on seeing migration, you should consider that when planning your Tanzanian safari.
What month is the Serengeti Great Migration?
The Great Migration in the Serengeti occurs, in a sense, year round. The wildebeest herds migrate to specific parts of Serengeti National Park during certain times of the year.
The famous wildebeest migration is typically during the driest months of June and July. During this time, you can see sprawling herds crossing the Mara River and traveling through the heart of the park. This is also a great time to spot lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. Prime hunting season is when the wildebeests are out in the open and their calves are easy targets.
In January and February, visitors will be able to see wildebeests with their calves. Wildebeests are usually near Ngorongoro Conservation Area at this time, before traveling to the west side of the park in Spring.
Visiting During High vs Low Season
If seeing the famous Great Migration isn’t at the top of your “to-do” list, a safari during Tanzania’s off season months might be best for you. During these months you can still see wildlife, but you can also expect reduced crowds in the parks and less expensive accommodations.
How long should you plan to stay in Tanzania?
Your trip to Tanzania can be quick, just enough time for a 2 day safari, or you can spend an extended period of time and do it all: a week long safari, a visit to the beautiful island of Zanzibar located off the coast of Tanzania, or even summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
- If you’re planning to spend an extended period of time, traveling during the driest (and thus busiest) months becomes less important.
- If you are only reserving a few days for your safari experience, booking during the dry months will help ensure you get the maximum time viewing the parks and wildlife without interruption.
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