Best Time to Visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania is during the Dry season, from late June to October, when wildlife viewing is generally at its best. The wildebeest migration in Serengeti usually starts on June  as high season and time to see  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 whole year-round.

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Key:    Best  Fair  Bad

Best Time
June to October (All parks), June-July and January-February (Serengeti for the wildebeest migration and calving)
High Season
July to March (northern circuit parks; they get crowded), July to October (southern and western circuit parks; they don't really get crowded any time of the year)
% Low Season
April and May (northern circuit parks still get quite a few visitors unlike the southern and western circuit parks, when many lodges close down)
Best Weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Worst Weather
March and April (Peak of Wet season)

Dry Season (June to October)

  • June and July are the best months to see the wildebeest migration
  • August to September is the best time to see the wildebeest river crossings in northern Serengeti
  • Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers
  • There are much mosquitoes because they can fly best in dry atmosphere compared to wet atmosphere
  • Skies are clear and most days are sunny
  • Mornings and nights get cold, it's recommended to bring warm clothing

Wet Season (November to May)

  • January to February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti, and an excellent time to see predator action
  • The scenery is green and beautiful; it's low season, meaning lower rates and less crowded parks
  • Although wildlife is easier to spot in the Dry season, you'll still see plenty, especially in the northern circuit parks
  • 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 interfere on your trip
  • March to May is the peak of the Wet season
  • Wildlife viewing in Tarangire, Katavi, Selous and Ruaha is better during the Dry season

Conclusion

The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater offer good wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are the best months for seeing the migration, and February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. The dry months offer good wildlife viewing throughout Tanzania. Tarangire and the southern  and western circuit parks  (including Katavi, Selous and Ruaha) are best visited in the Dry season, from June to October.