Best Time to Visit Tanzania
The best time to visit Tanzania is dependent on what wildlife you’d like to see. As with all safari countries, wildlife numbers and experiences are dictated by the rains. Tanzania’s main event tends to be the Great Wildebeest Migration, which actually happens year-round through the Serengeti ecozystem. Most travelers aiming to see the migration will visit between July and September in the hopes of witnessing a river crossing. Certainly, a sight to behold, but note that this time of year is quite busy.
An often-overlooked time to travel to Tanzania is November through March, often referred to as the ‘green’ or ‘secret’ season. With a small chance of rain in November and into December, the secret season affords visitors a much quieter experience. Envision dramatic and moody skies, bright and fluid migratory birds, and the great migration settled, grazing with their newly born calves. We would avoid travel in April and May, when heavy rains typically fall and wildlife viewing coming to a halt.
Climate guide for Tanzania
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Our Experts Say...
"Tanzania truly shines during its long dry season from July to October. Grasses are shorter creating better viewing of resident wildllife and water becomes scarce allowing your guides to focus on water sources to find animals. The annual wildebeest migration will be in the northern Serengeti at this time of year with infamous river crossings expected primarily in July, September and October. "
Meg Shepro, Tanzania Specialist