Best Time to Visit Tanzania

Best time to visit Tanzania mostly depends on the country’s season and the circuit to be visited. The movement and numbers of wildlife is highly dictated by the rains. When one asks “what is the best time to go to Tanzania” it is always complex to give a single response as it will always depend on the travelers interests on what to see, exactly where they want to visit and why they are visiting.

The best time to tour Tanzania is during the dry season from late June to October. It is during this time when wildlife viewing is generally at its best. Between June to October there is little to no rainfall in the national parks which favors wildlife safaris.

Best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania for the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park is usually during June and July. Wildebeest best calving season is between late January and February. August to September is the best time to see the wildebeest river crossings in northern Serengeti.

Best time to generally visit Tanzania is during the dry season between June to October, however, the northern circuit national parks of Tanzania are popularly visited all year round. The southern and western circuit parks are however best visited during the months of June to October.

Months between July to March are in the high season and during this time the northern circuit parks are very crowded. The western and southern circuit parks are however not very crowded.

March and April are the peak wet season and these have the worst weather for visiting Tanzania.

Why visit Tanzania in the dry season

During the dry season of June to October, it is the best time to see the wildebeest migration.

Animals are easier to spot since they concentrate around waterholes and rivers to quench their thirst. In the rainy season however, there is abundance of water and animals can stay at any place in the parks which makes searching for them difficult and sightings less marvelous.

Because there is little rain, there are also fewer mosquitoes therefore a lower risk of getting malaria.

Mostly during the dry season, the skies are clear and most days are sunny which makes photography easier and pictures clearer.

Note: For avid birders, the rainy season between November and May offers chance to see a lot of migratory birds and generally bird watching is at its best.

June to October is generally referred to as the best time to visit Tanzania since it is the long dry season, however, Tanzania safaris can be undertaken all year round. Even in the wet season wildlife can be viewed. November to February is the short dry season and also best time to visit Tanzania for any activity.

After enjoying a great wildlife experience in Tanzania, East Africa offers another unique experience known as gorilla trekking. Tailor in a short gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda gorilla tour and have an encounter with the great mountain gorillas as they live in their natural habitats. For gorilla safaris, there are no migrations but however short movements within their habitat and therefore you will have to trek through the tropical jungles. Charter flights can be organized to connect the Tanzania tour to either Uganda or Rwanda in the shortest time possible for such memorable lifetime experiences.