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When is the best time to visit Tanzania?

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Serengeti migration
Tanzania is known as one of Africa’s best safari destinations. Here you will have the amazing opportunity to discover a rich and diverse wildlife in the country’s beautiful national parks. But when is it truly the best time to visit Tanzania?

In principle, you can easily travel to Tanzania year-round, however, your experience will differ depending on who you are, therefore, certain times would be better suited for some than others.

We include a month by month rundown, describing Tanzania’s weather and wildlife.

Tanzania’s weather and wildlife

Weather

All year-round in Tanzania, the temperature, throughout the day, ranges between 22-28 degrees; afternoons are a bit cooler, so you can easily count on warm temperatures, no matter what time of year you visit Tanzania.

There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania:
The “long” rainy season from April-May
The “short” rainy season in November.

Wildlife

Tanzania offers great animal experiences:

The Big Five:
The Big Five is an old hunting term and is an expression that refers to specific animals that are of the highest level of difficulty and the most dangerous to take down when hunting. Today, this expression is used in connection with wildlife safaris. The “big” five are: the lion, leopard, black rhino, the African elephant and Cape buffalo.

The Great Migration:
Every year you can experience The Great Migration, where up to 2 million animals, including wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh food and water.
Below we have put together a month by month guide describing the weather and what you can experience.

Weather and wildlife, month by month

December-March: Wildebeest calving

At the beginning of the year, the temperature is around 27-28 degrees throughout the day, and these months are relatively dry.

In February, the wildebeests and zebras begin to calve. It is a particularly rare and amazing experience as both wildebeest and zebras only give birth to a single calf per year. By the time we reach the end of March, the last calf has been born into the herd. Within hours of birth, amazingly, the small newborn wildebeest can get up on their feet andyou will quickly see them go frolicking and walking among the rest of the herd. Nonetheless, the little calves are easy prey for the big predators, including lions and leopards.

From December, the wildebeests, zebras and gazelles begin to return from Masai Mara in Kenya to the south of the Serengeti in Tanzania.

April – first half of may: The long rainy season

The temperature varies in these months and you can expect a temperature of 23-27 degrees throughout the day. If you travel to Tanzania at this time, you will have the chance to experience the long rainy season and the freshness the rain brings to the beautiful natural scenery.

You can easily go to Tanzania during the long rainy season, as long as you are aware that there could be short but massive rain showers. Although the weather makes nature more prolific and lush during this period, it also means that many animals may be harder to spot. On the other hand, this period also marks the low season, which can be used to your advantage as there will be fewer visitors.

The Great Migration starts in this period. The large herds begin moving north in search of food and water, as water holes begin to dry out in the southern part of the Serengeti.

The latter half of May, June and July: Spot animals in the wild

During these months the temperature drops, in comparison to the previous ones, and you will now experience daily temperatures of approx. 22-23 degrees. During this time of year, rainfall is also limited and July is the driest month of the year.
At this point, The Great Migration is in the surrounding area by our wildcamps; Serengeti Wildcamp and Ikoma Wildcamp Lodge, which are located in the middle and western part of Serengeti.
Since the grass has not yet grown too high here, the animals are easier to spot. Once you are travelling to Tanzania at this time, you will see the migration very close to our camps.

August and September: Wildebeest and zebra herds coming from the north

As the weather becomes warmer, little by little, rainfall is at a minimum with temperatures of 23-25 degrees throughout the day.

The migration will now be found in the northern part of Serengeti, close to Kenya. For a brief period, the animals will wander in the Masai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya), which at this time is lush and filled with food, before again wandering back to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

October and November: Feeding of nature’s wild predators

Temperatures rise to around 26-27 degrees throughout the day and precipitation also increases slowly to the short rainy season in November. That means that you can expect more lively and vibrant nature. The Ngorongoro crater, for example, is filled with many animals who come to “visit” so that they can get a taste of the mineral-filled grass.

In the month of November, the large herds again start to make their journey from the north back towards Serengeti, which in turn is lushly prolific. The Wildebeest migration also means that there is now a lot of food for the lions, leopards, cheetahs and jackals, and if you are lucky, you may have a chance to experience the predator’s hunting for food.

Want to know more?

If you want to make sure that you come to Tanzania at a time that best suits you, have a chat with our travel consultants. They have extensive experience with guiding people in choosing the right trip and what times to go on it.

If you have any questions about when to travel to Tanzania, the weather or something else entirely different, kindly contact our travel consultants at tel. 0845 805 7207 or via email at: info@africasafari.co.uk.

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