Giraffe watching a hot air balloon, Tanzania

When is the Best Time to Visit Tanzania?

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Written by
Tessa Van der Walt, Byron Thomas & Jonny Humphreys

The landscape in Tanzania offers a different kind of safari; magnificent plains stretch forever and volcanic craters teem with wildlife.

Witness the Great Migration during June or July, or visit in June or October for the best wildlife watching. Whatever it is you're visiting for, the best time to visit Tanzania depends on what activities are on your itinerary.

Dry season
June - October
Wet season
November - February
The Great Migration

Should I go to Tanzania in the dry season or the wet season?

Both the dry and wet seasons in Tanzania come with exciting opportunities for adventure, but it’s good to be aware of the differences in the seasons so that you can plan to get the most out of your visit.

Vegetation is less dense in the dry season, making this the best time to spot animals gathering at watering holes and rivers.

On the other hand, birdwatching is most exciting in the wet season, and the increase in new-born animals and predators can make for some dynamic game watching.


Dry season

The dry season runs from late June to late October and is the best time to spot animals gathering at watering holes and rivers. Dryer weather means the vegetation is less dense. The parks are a lot more popular at this time of the year, but still don’t feel too busy, unless you’re heading towards Seronera in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Skies are clear, and while the days are sunny, you can expect cold mornings and nights from June to August. For tips on the best time to visit for the wildebeest migration, see our advice below. If you’re visiting parks in the south or west, the dry season is the best time of year.


Wet season

Along with the new-born animals comes an increase in predators, so if you’re willing to be a bit more patient on game drives, then January and February are good months to visit. In the southern Serengeti, the first couple of months of the year are when calving takes place. In the wet months from November to February the vegetation is a lot lusher and more difficult to see through and navigate, but it makes for much more exciting birdwatching. Be aware that some of the larger animals do move into different areas over the worst months of the wet season, so general game watching may be more of a challenge.


The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

If you’re planning your trip around making time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro then your best times to do so are between January and March, or July and October. The latter window is the colder of the two and you may find yourself contending with snow, as a result it is more suitable for experienced climbers.  Depending on how close to full moon you decide to climb the mountain, the route may be a little busier.

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Family in Serengeti Camp, Tanzania safari

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