Tanzania has something to offer all year round
There really is no right or wrong time to visit TANZANIA, just different experiences to be had with the change of seasonS.
Weather patterns across Tanzania are becoming increasingly variable and unpredictable. Tanzania is huge and its sheer size means that the climate varies considerably within it. Historically there are two high and low seasons on the northern safari circuit, mostly defined by the rains.
High season - late June - October | January - March
Drier conditions make for better game viewing as the animals don’t venture far from the water and thinner vegetation allows for better visibility.
LATE JUNE - OCTOBER
Rainfall is unusual and clear days are common. Temperatures vary depending upon location and altitude, but generally expect mornings and nights to get cold.
JANUARY - MARCH
The short dry season in February and early March are great times to explore Tanzania, January marks the end of the short rains. The lush, green vegetation looks beautiful at this time of year with migrant birds bolstering resident populations.
LOW season - late March - EArly May & November - December
The low season has two rainy seasons: the long rains (masika) from late March to early May and short rains (mvuli) November through December. Babies are born in the low season and birds return, visitor numbers are much lower and safaris more affordable. The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green.
LATE MARCH - EARLY MAY
Afternoon tropical downpours are common, humidity is high and temperatures reach above 30 degrees celcius.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
Rainfall tends to be short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine which can make for excellent photography.
The great wildebeest migration is a year round cycle that changes each year dictated by the rains.
This incredible natural wonder sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and thomson gazelle’s migrate from Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November, with the spectacular Mara River crossings beginning as early as June or as late as August, depending upon rainfall. The animals follow the path of the rain in order to feed off new grass whilst also being close to a good water supply. It is the Mara River that bears witness to the most spectacular crossings of the migration. They must reach the other side without being taken by the hungry crocodiles in the water and then navigate the steep banks on the other side. This is nature at its purest and most brutal.
Highest rates | Accommodation availability competitive
Low chance of rain
Cooler temperatures | 5 - 20 degrees
Easier to spot wildlife
Depending on rainfall, the wildebeest crossings can begin as early as June or as late as August
Fewer migrant birds
Lowest rates | More accommodation availability
Higher chance of rain
Warmer temperatures | 15 - 35 degrees
Abundant with birdlife
May be harder for game viewing as the grasses get longer
80% of the wildebeest give birth during the calving seasons of late January to mid March
Lush, green vegetation
Great for bird watching