Best Time to go on Safari in Tanzania

When is the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania? It’s a good question, and like all other good questions it is a tricky one to answer, mainly because different areas in Tanzania have different attractions at different times of the year 

Tanzania Game drive
Tanzania Game drive

The Weather in Tanzania – the most important thing to consider when planning your trip to Tanzania is the weather. Tanzania is challenging to apply universal rule because of the large and geographical diversity of the country, but there are basic weather patterns that give a general idea of what you can expect at any given time of year.

The country has got two rainy seasons—a long one that usually occurs between March and May and a shorter one that takes place in November and December.

The best time to go on a safari in Tanzania is between the most pleasant time of year which is the long dry season (June to October) when the weather is generally clear and sunny. However, Temperatures in Tanzania vary greatly depending on elevation and the weather usually remains warm even in winter in the coastal areas. 

 The best time to go on safari in Tanzania will also depend on what you intend to see in the country. Different attractions have different months of the year that are more favorable for a safari in Tanzania than others. 

Where to go on a safari in Tanzania?

Serengeti National Park – the park has an exceptional game in high density all year round. Serengeti National Park is one of the high-ranking Tanzania tourist destinations with the park well famous for the largest Annual 1.5 million Wildebeest Migration with thousands of zebras and hundreds of thousands of gazelles and also famous for its numerous Nile crocodile and the honey badger.

If the question is, what countries are in the Serengeti National Park? Serengeti National Park is located in the Mara and Simiyu regions and contains 1.5 million hectares of the savanna, and stretches on a total land area of over 14,763 square kilometers in Tanzania and was established in 1951. Serengeti National Park is at the heart of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and is well defined by the area covered by the Annual Migration.

What is the best time to visit Serengeti Tanzania?

Serengeti host the second largest terrestrial mammal migration on earth, the Great Migration, where1.5 over a million Wildebeest Migration with thousands of zebras and hundreds of thousands of gazelles commence their legendary journey of over 1,800 miles on a long round trek of drylands in Tanzania. The Serengeti National Park contains the exceptional game in high densities year-round, although peak time is during the dry season from June to September when animals crowd near water sources and the vegetation is less dense making it easy to spot them. 

Wildebeest Migration Serengeti Tanzania
Wildebeest Migration Serengeti Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – the Ngorongoro dry season is between June and October which is usually considered the best time to visit the Area. The lack of rains makes the vegetation thinner and thus spotting wildlife is easy. November to May is a greener season and game viewing is still possible and the Conservation Area is less crowded.

Selous Game Reserve – Selous Game Reserve is the largest Game Reserve in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Selous Game Reserve is renowned for being larger than Switzerland and remarkably four times bigger than the Serengeti National Park.

Selous Game Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 because of its diversity of wildlife and undisturbed nature. The dry season between June to December makes an excellent sighting of all big cats and wild dogs. Animals usually spread out during the wet season (March to May) and the heaviest rains fall in the months of March and April. Although you may be slightly more restricted in activities in this area.

Zanzibar Island – Island adventure is best experienced from June to October when the climate is cool and dry. Within this period, August and September have the best water clarity of 25 or more meters, offering incredible snorkeling conditions and whale viewing potential.