Best time to visit Tanzania
Avoiding the “long rains” of the green season from March to early May is key – then take your pick from Tanzania’s seasonal delights.
June to August is the best time for a safari in Tanzania. The spectacular Mara River crossing occurs June-July and drier weather means more wildlife around waterholes. That said, the Great Migration swirls around the Serengeti outside these months; you just have to follow its course. June-August is cooler too – ideal months for avoiding the harsh heat. January-February brings fewer vehicles and greener landscapes after the short rains. You’ll see baby wildebeest… and more predators. Heavy rain showers in March and May can cause travel disruption and many lodges in the remote south close. Mount Kilimanjaro is icy year-round, while the coast is warm – head here to thaw out.
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What happens when in Tanzania
Amanda Marks, from our supplier Tribes Travel, explains why the best time to visit Tanzania may not be when you think it is… “In Tanzania you have the migration at all times of year, which most people don’t think of. Most people think of the migration as the Masai Mara between July and October, whereas in actual fact it moves constantly so you have it from December to March in the southern Serengeti – you can find the wildlife there quite easily. They tend to give birth at the beginning of the year, then move north and west, though they are more spread out so it’s not such a spectacle – but you can still find them. Then from July to October they are in Kenya, but they are also in the very north of the Serengeti, which is just as good a place to see the migration as the Masai Mara is.”
Festivals & events in Tanzania
It’s not all about the wildlife! Head to Dar es Salaam in January for this celebration of Tanzanian culture. Several ethnic groups participate in the annual event, with music and dance performances, food and drink from across the country. Contemporary music and arts are showcased alongside more traditional art forms – creating a well-rounded display of Tanzanian creativity and culture.
More about Tanzania
Tanzania plays host to some of Africa's most iconic sights: the plains of the Serengeti, the Wildebeest Migration, the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the tall silhouettes of the Maasai.
Our interactive map, top highlights and sample itineraries will help you plan where to go in Tanzania, and choose the best off-the-peg or tailor made holiday for you and your travel companions.
There are things to do in Tanzania to suit virtually every traveller.
An absolutely standout destination for wildlife, safaris in Tanzania take advantage of this country’s huge parks, abundant fauna and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
For a taste of true African wilderness, well away from the safari crowds, head to southern Tanzania.
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park fits most people’s idea of a classic African landscape – sweeping plains, herds of wildebeest, elephants plodding in front of silhouetted acacia trees and lions snoozing in the long grass.
Towering over the Serengeti plains, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest peak, but the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
A highlight of most northern Tanzania safari holidays, there’s nowhere quite like the Ngorongoro Crater.
A year-round movement of some 1.5 million or so wildebeest, zebra, eland and gazelle, the Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania is one of the world’s biggest wildlife spectacles.
Combine game drives to see the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti, or a walking safari in Selous, with snorkelling over Mafia Island’s pristine coral reefs and you’ve got the ultimate Tanzanian wildlife adventure.
There is a whole Lion King cast of wildlife in Tanzania, with school summer holidays being one of the best times to spot the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration.
We spoke to our members who have been leading holidays in East Africa for years to hear their top Tanzania travel advice.
Ethical travellers should bear in mind that there are some big issues when it comes to responsible tourism in Tanzania.
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