Best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to go to Tanzania depends on what you are wanting to do.

 

If wildlife is your focus then you are best to visit in the dry season which roughly runs from late June through October. This is when game-viewing is usually at its best in terms of numbers and visibility too, as the long rains are over, the grasses are starting to die down, and water sources become more important to wildlife.

If your specific interest is the Migration, then please see our detailed pages on what happens month my month with this amazing phenomenon.

Late June through to October is also a good time to go to Zanzibar, or visit any of the other islands and the coast, so it’s relatively easy to combine your holiday and experience both safari and beach.

Kilimanjaro is another major attraction in Tanzania with many attempting the summit each year. The best times to climb are July to October or January to March, avoiding the main wet times.

If you are looking for a time to avoid Tanzania that that would probably be the long rains that take place in April and May. That said, if birding is your thing, then April sees and influx of migratory birds from Europe.

We’ve gone into more detail of weather conditions for each of the different regions of Tanzania so you can read more here:

Lake Manyara National Park

For the absolute best game viewing then you should go from late June to October,

 Excellent   Good   Fair 
 

JAN NN
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MAR N
APR N
MAY N
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
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Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Meru

The dry season with the best climbing conditions and visibility (June to October)

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Not Recommended 
 

JAN NNN
FEB NNN
MAR N
APR K
MAY K
JUN NN
JUL NN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
NOV K
DEC NN

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The ultimate best time to go is during the dry season ( June to September).

 Excellent   Good   Fair 
 

JAN NNN
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MAY NNN
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
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The Serengeti National Park

Wildlife viewing in the Serengeti is good all year round. The dry season that offers the ultimate sightings.

 Excellent   Good   Fair 
 

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MAR N
APR N
MAY N
JUN NNN
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Tarangire National Park

The dry season, roughly July to October, is when game is most plentiful.

 Excellent   Good   Fair 
 

JAN N
FEB N
MAR N
APR N
MAY N
JUN NN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
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DEC N

Mikumi And Udzungwa Parks

Peak game viewing season is June through to October, but never dismiss November to March.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Not Recommended 
 

JAN N
FEB N
MAR K
APR K
MAY NN
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
NOV NN
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Ruaha National Park

The best months for wildlife viewing are May to November, the dry season.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Poor 
 

JAN NN
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MAR NN
APR K
MAY K
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
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Selous Game Reserve

June to October during the dry season means wildlife is more easily spotted.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Poor 
 

JAN NN
FEB NN
MAR K
APR K
MAY NN
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
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Katavi National Park

May to November sees the wildlife concentrations increase, sightings become better as the season goes on.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Poor 
 

JAN N
FEB N
MAR N
APR K
MAY K
JUN N
JUL NN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
NOV N
DEC N

Mahale Mountains & Gombe Stream National Parks

The chimps are usually easier to find as they are on the lower mountain slopes from about July through to October.

 Excellent   Good   Fair 
 

JAN N
FEB N
MAR N
APR N
MAY N
JUN NN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
NOV NN
DEC N

Pemba, Mafia and the Indian Ocean Islands

March to May sees the long rains and the lodges are almost all closed in April and May.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Not recommended 
 

JAN NNN
FEB NNN
MAR NNN
APR K
MAY K
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NNN
OCT NNN
NOV NN
DEC NN

Mainland Swahili Coast

The coast can be visited year round, and it proximity to the equator means the climate varies little month to month.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Poor 
 

JAN NNN
FEB NNN
MAR N
APR K
MAY K
JUN NNN
JUL NNN
AUG NNN
SEP NN
OCT NN
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DEC NN

Zanzibar

In short, any time, though the months of April and May are the wettest and many hotels & lodges opt to close at this time.

 Excellent   Good   Fair  Poor 
 

JAN NNN
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MAY K
JUN NNN
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AUG NNN
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Amanda Marks

Managing Director

Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.

Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant

Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.

Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant

Sinead has worked in the travel industry ever since leaving university, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and recently Namibia.

Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant

Born in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. It was pure fun. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.