Tanzania

When to go to Tanzania

Tanzania is warm all year round (except in the mountains). The main consideration is therefore the amount of rain. March – May is the wet season when the country is at its greenest but some tracks and roads may be difficult to negotiate. This is also not the best time for wildlife viewing as the animals may be obscured by the long grass.

The summer months from June to September are a great time to visit as there is little rain and therefore great wildlife viewing. The great migration usually takes place during August and is a very exciting time to be on safari. On the beach there will be little rain and lots of sunshine!

October through to February is also a good time to visit. There may be some rain but it will not be excessive and there will be plenty of sunshine.

It is worth remembering that in the Ngorongoro Crater most species do not migrate so you will see the same amount of wildlife there, even if you travel in the low season.

January

Warm with occasional rain – a ‘green season’. This is an excellent time to view wildlife. On the coast, Nov-Mar is the best time to have a chance of spotting whale sharks.

February

Warm with occasional rain – a ‘green season’. This is an excellent time to view wildlife. On the coast, Nov-Mar is the best time to have a chance of spotting whale sharks.

March

Warm and rainy – the wet season. The early part of the month can still be a good time to view wildlife however once the rains start travel can be difficult. Any rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short heavy downpour but nevertheless this is not the ideal time for a safari.

April

Warm and rainy – the wet season. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short heavy downpour. This is not the best time for viewing wildlife.

May

Warm and rainy – the wet season. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short heavy downpour. This is not the best time for viewing wildlife.

June

June is warm and it becomes generally drier as the rains finish and the season tips into the dry months. Towards the end of the month conditions are ideal for wildlife viewing as waterholes and riverbanks teem with animals again. Bring some warmer layers for early morning game drives and evening sundowners. The famous Mara River crossing as part of the migration normally takes place in June/July/August.

Conditions on Zanzibar will be beautiful.

July

It will be warm and generally dry with ideal conditions for viewing wildlife. Drier weather means more animals around waterholes but do note that it will be busier at this time of year. Bring some warmer layers for early morning game drives and evening sundowners. The famous Mara River crossing as part of the migration normally takes place in June/July/August.

Conditions on Zanzibar will be beautiful.

August

It will be warm and generally dry with ideal conditions for viewing wildlife. Drier weather means more animals around waterholes but do note that it will be busier at this time of year. Bring some warmer layers for early morning game drives and evening sundowners. The famous Mara River crossing as part of the migration normally takes place in June/July/August.

Conditions on Zanzibar will be beautiful.

September

It will be warm and generally dry with ideal conditions for viewing wildlife. Drier weather means more animals around waterholes.

October

It will be warm with occasional rain but any rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short downpour.

November

It will be warm with occasional rain – ‘these are the short rains’. However, any rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short downpour. With visitor numbers dropping, this can be a great time to go. On the coast, Nov-Mar is the best time to have a chance of spotting whale sharks.

December

It will be warm with occasional rain – ‘these are the short rains’. However, any rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short downpour so this can be a good time to go.

On the coast, Nov-Mar is the best time to have a chance of spotting whale sharks.

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