Best Time to Visit Tanzania 2024 | Migration Safari

Whether you are seeking a thrilling safari adventure or a trek up the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, understanding the best time to visit Tanzania is crucial for an unforgettable trip. This article will guide you through the various seasons and help you plan your visit to this East African gem.

Tanzania Weather and Climate

Tanzania, located in the southern hemisphere, experiences seasonal variations that differ from those in the USA or England. While the USA and England have summer, Tanzania is in its winter season. Tanzania boasts distinct seasons, each offering its unique charm.

Dry Season (January to February & June to October)

Tanzania features two dry seasons, one from January to March and the other from June to October. These periods are widely considered the best times to visit Tanzania due to the ideal weather conditions they offer, including clear skies, minimal rainfall, and cooler temperatures.

These conditions set the stage for remarkable experiences such as safaris, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, and enjoying beach getaways.

Green Season (November to December & April to May)

The months of November to December mark the “short rains” season. During this time, occasional rain showers are typical but are usually brief and do not significantly disrupt travel plans.

In contrast, March to May constitutes the “long rains” season, characterized by more consistent and heavy rainfall. Despite the rain, this season transforms the landscape into lush, green vistas with vibrant flora, creating a breathtakingly picturesque backdrop. It is the only time we tend to avoid if you’re after safari, as heavy rains can disrupt wildlife viewing.

Best Time for Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

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The best time for a wildlife safari in Tanzania typically spans the dry season, which is from January to February and from June to October. During this period, the vegetation is less dense, and animals gather around water sources, making it easier to spot them.

The weather is usually mild and dry from January to February, and most of the safari crowds are absent. June to October is safari’s high season, and Tanzania’s major parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara are busy but weather conditions are fantastic.

If you’re traveling during Tanzania’s ‘green season’, there’s a chance of rain showers, but it is much quieter. During this period, the landscape transforms into lush greenery, and many animals give birth to their young, leading to increased predator activity. Birdwatching is particularly attractive during the wet season with the arrival of migratory birds.

The only time we don’t recommend is April and May due to the heavy rainfall, which has the potential to disrupt wildlife viewing.

Enhance your safari with our guided tours. Our local experts have a deep understanding of wildlife behavior in all conditions.

Best Time to See the Great Migration in Tanzania

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In Tanzania, the optimal time to witness the Great Migration is typically from late December to July, when the herds are concentrated in the southern and central regions of the Serengeti.

One of the key highlights of this phenomenon is the river crossings. You can observe the herds as they cross the Grumeti River in the western Serengeti between May and July, and subsequently, they migrate toward the Mara River in the north to cross into the Masai Mara between July and October.

The calving season, occurring from January to March, is another exceptional time to visit Tanzania. It’s a period renowned for the bittersweet predator-prey interactions that take place.

It’s important to note that the Great Migration is a cyclical movement between Tanzania and Kenya, occurring throughout the year. The herds can be observed year-round, but it’s essential to check their precise location when planning your trip (refer to the migration map below).

To maximize your chances of witnessing this remarkable natural spectacle, we recommend booking a safari with an experieneced guide who can help you track the herds and position yourself for the most extraordinary sightings.

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