When is the best safari season to visit Tanzania?

A common question of safari-goers to this incredible destination is " When is the best season to visit Tanzania?"

As Tanzania is situated just south of the equator, the climate is relatively consistent and daytime temperatures average between 25 - 30 °C; the hottest months are January - February and the coolest is August. Tanzania is almost a year-round safari destination, with two rainy seasons which should be noted.

The Tanzania long rainy season is during March, April and May and should be avoided. Many camps and lodges close during this period as there is high humidity and difficult in road passage. The second rainy season is the 'short rains' which occur in October to November, still offering pleasant sunny afternoons and less frequent and intense downpours. The short rains are a popular time to visit Tanzania as it coincides with the expected (not guaranteed) period when the Wildebeest Migration cross the Mara River. If the main aim of your Tanzania safari is to witness the annual Wildebeest Migration, then the timing of your safari and camp location is highly important. (Please see our 'experience' section of this website for further information on the Wildebeest Migration) As the majority of the Tanzania northern circuit is at a higher altitude than the rest of the country, it is generally cooler than coastal regions and parts of the Southern safari circuit (which can be a welcome relief)

Many of our clients combine a safari experience with a trip to the Island of Zanzibar thereafter. The best season to visit Zanzibar follows similar patterns to that of the northern safari circuit, with the long rains in April and May to be avoided (and be warned of the heat in January and February). The rest of the year is largely sunny and warm, with water temperatures very pleasant for swimming.

Climbing Kilimanjaro can be attempted year-round (best July to October), but night-time temperatures drop well below zero. For a beach holiday in Zanzibar the best time is during the dry season (June to October).

Talk to us to get a better understanding about the best season to visit Tanzania, and see our guest gallery for pictures from clients who have travelled in Tanzania throughout the year.

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