Best Time to Visit Tanzania
Tanzania is a beautiful country to visit any time of the year, but depending on what you’re interested in, some months may be more suitable. Here’s a month-to-month breakdown:
January – February: This period is usually a great time to visit Tanzania. It comes after the short rains of November to mid-December and before the long rains of March to May. The wildlife viewing is quite spectacular as animals congregate around water sources. Plus, the wildebeest calving season in the Serengeti happens during this time.
March – May: These months are when the long rains typically occur. While this is seen as the ‘green’ season, the verdant landscape can be absolutely stunning. It’s not as busy with tourists during this period, but be aware that some lodges may close and some roads may become impassable due to the rain. Bird watching is particularly good due to the influx of migratory birds. If you’re interested in the cultural aspects of Tanzania, this is a great time to visit when it’s less crowded.
June – October: Considered the best period to visit Tanzania, these months fall within the dry season. With wildlife gathering around water sources, animal spotting is easier. Additionally, the great wildebeest migration occurs in the Serengeti. The weather is usually pleasant with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Bear in mind this is peak tourism season, so expect larger crowds and potentially higher prices for accommodation.
November – December: Known as the short rain season, these months still offer plenty to see and do. Showers are usually brief and won’t significantly disrupt your travel plans. The landscape becomes lush and vibrant, and bird watching can be rewarding. The wildebeest migration starts to move again and if you’re lucky, you could witness river crossings in the northern Serengeti.
However, it’s worth noting that weather patterns can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to check the specific weather forecast and wildlife conditions when you plan to travel.
A Month-by-Month Guide to Visiting Tanzania: Optimal Times for Wildlife and Adventure