The question of when is the best time to visit Tanzania? It will depend on several things including things you are most interested in, where you are travelling to, how long you are going to stay and so on. The best time for one person may be the worst time for the other persons. Below we have highlighted the best time to visit Tanzania.
When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?
Accessibility: June to October all parks are accessible.
Best Weather: June to October – Little to no rainfall
Worst Weather: March and April – Peak of wet season.
The best time for wildlife viewing in Tanzania is during the months of dry season starting from late June to end of October. Although all of northern Tanzania safari parks are easily visited throughout the year, Tarangire national park remains exception and limited to be accessed in some months, since the wildlife viewing in Tarangire national park is significantly better in the dry-season. The southern and western Tanzania Safari parks are best visited during the dry-season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern Tanzania parks which can be visited year-round.
Advantages of high season
July to October and December and February northern Tanzania parks get crowded and most hotels increase prices, southern and western Tanzania safari parks don’t really get crowded any time of the year. It is in these months where you will experience dusty drives all the way as you drive around in search for animals, the animal viewing from June to October is considerably easier since the animals will gather at the water holes for drinking.
Advantages of low season
April and May northern Tanzania safari parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western circuit parks, where many lodges close down. Unlike the dry season you will have a clean drive that no dust on the ways and since there are few safari vehicles around you are liking to see rare event such as hinting at a close distance and even experience the animals especially cheetah, lion and leopards jumping on your vehicle’s bonnet and rest providing amazing views.
Advantages of wet
March to May is the peak of the wet season. January to February is an excellent time to see predator in action and it is the best time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti plains. The surroundings are green and beautiful and the parks are less crowded. Migratory birds are present and bird watching is at its best except for March, April and May, rains are mostly short afternoon showers and seldom have a negative impact on your trip. However, the bushes are tall making it high to spot animals from far.
Advantages of dry
June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration – Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers and there is less vegetation. There are fewer mosquitoes because there is little to no rain. Skies are clear and most days are sunny. Even if most tourists prefer to visit Tanzania during the dry season, the national parks still don’t get crowded due to their ranges, except for the central Serengeti in Seronera area and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Mornings and nights get cold. We recommend bringing warm clothing for morning game drives in open vehicles during the months of June, July and August. You will experience the dusty drives around the park. As most people prefer to visit Tanzania during the dry months, we recommend you secure your accommodation in advance so that you may not miss the rooms in this location and or to avoid any difficult should be caused by late booking such as increase of price and changes to itinerary.
The months of January and February are best for wildebeest migration calving, June to July wildebeest Migration movement. The best opportunity to seeing the typical annual wildebeest migration movement in the Serengeti is during the months of June and July while the time to see the wildebeest giving birth to their babies is late January to February, the calving action takes place in southern Serengeti in Ndutu open plains where the migratory heads will remain until April and invest enough in feeding before they prepare for next lags toward the north to Masai Mara in Kenya through western and Central Serengeti national park.