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Best time to visit Tanzania

Tanzania has so much going for it that you really can visit at any time of the year. Having said that, April and May tend to be too rainy for most people's tastes. We've travelled here in rain and shine though, so talk to us about what might be right for you.
The best time to visit Tanzania if you're coming for wildlife is the dry season. And of course the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is a big draw for many people.



Dry seasons in Tanzania

(December to mid-March, and June to October)

Rainy seasons in Tanzania

Short rains (November)

Long rains (mid-March to the end of May)


December to March: The migration mostly reaches the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti by mid-late December. So the Ndutu region is particularly good at this time. Calves are born so there is lots of new life, and also lots of predators looking for an easy feast.

April to June: Depending on the rains, the herds generally start to head north and west around April. Sometimes they come back south again if it rains in the short grass plains again, but the focus is definitely shifting to the western region of the Grumeti or central Serengeti by May and June. At Grumeti there is a river which the herds need to cross, so exciting river crossings could be seen.

July to October: The migration is now heading further north and from about mid-July onwards they start arriving in the very north of the Serengeti (including the Lamai Wedge) or into Kenya's Masai Mara. They stay in this region from now until around the end of October. River crossings can happen at any time as the herds go backwards and forwards as they graze.

November and December: The herds now head south as they are drawn by the November rains in the Serengeti. They tend to move down through the eastern side of the Serengeti until they once again reach the short grass plains in the south of the reserve.

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Peak season: August, late December to early January.
High season: Around 6th January to mid-March, June-July, September to end October. Low season: November to mid-December, (late March) April to May.

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