Best Time to Visit Tanzania
The best time to visit Tanzania mostly depends on the country’s season and the circuit to be visited. The movement and number of wildlife are 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 traveler’s interests in 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 that 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.
The best time to visit Tanzania for the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park is usually during June and July. Wildebeest’s 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.
In general, the best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season between June to October. However, the national parks in the northern circuit are popularly visited all year round. The national parks in the southern and western circuit 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 compared to the parks in the western and southern circuits.
During the months of March and April, the wet season is at its peak and therefore not the best time to visit 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 water sources and rivers to quench their thirst. In the rainy season, however, there is an 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 hence a lower risk of getting malaria.
During the dry season, the skies are clear and the days are sunny making photography easier and pictures clearer.
Note: For avid birders, the rainy season between November and May offers the chance to see a lot of migratory birds and general bird watching is at its best.
Late 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 but it is also a recommended time to visit Tanzania for any activity.
After enjoying a great wildlife experience in Tanzania, there are also other unique experiences like gorilla trekking. Tailor in a short gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda gorilla tour and have an encounter with the great mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. For gorilla safaris, there are no migrations but however short movements 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.