When is the Best time Go Safari Tanzania
The best time to visit Tanzania is during late June through October, when the country is at its driest. Of course, different people want different things from their time in this breathtaking East African country, which can make other seasons optimal as well. Some are hoping for optimum game viewing in the world-renowned reserves of the Northern Circuit, while others want good weather for a relaxing break at the beach. Weather is also a critical factor in being able to summit Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru; while many visitors want to be in the right place at the right time to witness the annual Great Migration.
The Weather in Tanzania – Overview
Weather is probably the most important thing to consider when planning your trip. It’s challenging to apply universal rules to a country as large and geographically diverse as Tanzania, but there are basic weather patterns that give a general idea of what you can expect at any given time of year. Tanzania has two rainy seasons—a long one that usually occurs between March and May and a shorter one that takes place in November and December. The most pleasant time of year is the long dry season (June to October) when the weather is generally clear and sunny.
Temperatures vary greatly depending on elevation, but in the reserves and on the coast, the weather is usually warm even in winter.
The Best Time to See the Great Migration
This incredible natural spectacle sees the annual migration of almost two million wildebeest and zebra between their grazing grounds in Tanzania and Kenya. While weather usually dictates the best time to go on safari, those that are traveling specifically to see the migration will need to follow slightly different rules. If you want to witness the wildebeest calving season, visit northern parks like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area between December and March. In April and May, heavy rains make it difficult to follow the herds as they start their long journey northwest, so try to avoid booking a safari at this time.
To witness the herds on the move, head to the Western Serengeti in June and July.
The Best Time to Go on Safari
If you’re not too worried about catching the migration, then the best time to go on safari (whether you’re headed to the parks in the north or south) is during the long dry season. From June to October, the lack of rain means that animals are forced to congregate at the waterholes, making them much easier to spot. The foliage is less dense, too, which also helps. The weather is generally cooler and less humid (which is a significant plus if you’re planning on spending long hours out in the bush), and the roads are less likely to be made impassable by flooding.
From a health perspective, the dry season is a better choice because disease-carrying mosquitoes are also less prevalent. With that being said, Northern Circuit reserves like Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara usually offer good game-viewing throughout the year (except for Tarangire National Park, which is noticeably better during the long dry season).
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