When to travel toTanzania

March 12, 2023
Adventure Safaris

Several tourists inquire with us about the ideal season to visit Tanzania. There isn’t just one right response, is the response. It depends on your interests, your money, and the sights you wish to see. There are advantages and disadvantages to every season. Several wild creatures can be spotted in Tanzania during the dry season, when the roads are better, there is less rain, and fewer tourists are there. But both the cost and the number of tourists in the area will increase. Others don’t mind a little bit of rain and travel during the rainy season, when you may see more birds and a more colorful landscape for a lower price and with less tourists.We have compiled a list of every professional in Tanzania’s dry and wet seasons. We hope it will aid in your decision-making. There is no right decision because every person is unique. Tanzania travel is lovely all year long!

Dry season

The dry season lasts from December to March and extends from June to October. The most popular times to go on a safari in Tanzania are from June through October, when the weather is dry. The benefits of traveling in this dry season include:

  • Wildlife gathers around rivers and waterholes (easier to spot)
  • Pleasant temperatures of 25-27 °C (sunny and no rain)
  • July/Aug are great months to see the wildebeest migration and epic river crossings
  • There are less mosquitoes
  • The roads are better and game drives easier
  • Best time to visit the southern parks. Northern parks can be visited all-year.
  • Cool temperatures from evening to early morning
  • Clear blue skies
  • Best conditions to climb Kilimanjaro are during the dry months

Wet season

The wet season (also called rainy season) runs from October to December and from March to June. The pros of traveling during this wet season:

  • Nature is colourful (flowers in bloom, forest and grass is green)
  • The parks in North Tanzania offer good all-year wildlife viewing
  • January to February is the time to see the calving in the southern Serengeti which attracts large numbers of predators
  • Bird watching at its best
  • The game is in good condition
  • Lower rates make it a cheaper safari
  • Parks are less crowded with other visitors, more intimate safari experience.

If the wildebeest migration is the major reason you travel to Tanzania, you should be aware of the location and timing of the herds. See the Great Wildebeest Migration article.

Low, mid and high season in Tanzania

There are three distinct holi seasons in Tanzania:

January, February, June through October, and December are peak months. Due to the strong tourist demand at this time, hotel rates are at their maximum. Several lodging establishments impose a high fee from December 22 through January 10.

Mid-season: November 1 through December 21 and March.

April and May are the off-season. Because it is the least popular, this is the time of year when hotel rates are lowest.