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.


Rainfall is unusual and clear days are common. Temperatures vary depending upon location and altitude, but generally expect mornings and nights to get cold.


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.


Afternoon tropical downpours are common, humidity is high and temperatures reach above 30 degrees celcius.


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.

Photo ©Dianna Snape

Photo ©Dianna Snape

High Season

  • Highest rates | Accommodation availability competitive

  • Low chance of rain

  • Cooler temperatures | 5 - 20 degrees

  • More vehicles/visitors

  • Easier to spot wildlife

  • Depending on rainfall, the wildebeest crossings can begin as early as June or as late as August

  • Fewer mosquitoes 

  • Fewer migrant birds

Photo ©Dianna Snape

Photo ©Dianna Snape

Low Season

  • Lowest rates | More accommodation availability

  • Higher chance of rain

  • Warmer temperatures | 15 - 35 degrees

  • Less crowded

  • 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