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The best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania is from June to July. Thrilling wildlife experiences are abundant across the year but there is no time to experience the Great Migration, where over two million animals venture across the hazardous Mara River.

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Visiting Tanzania in January

Generally, most places are quite humid and wet, although the north around the Serengeti can experience a brief dry season. This makes it a much quieter time to visit and see rhinos.

Visiting Tanzania in February

It remains a good time to head to the Serengeti and the north as it experiences a brief dry season.It is also one of the driest months in Zanzibar, so a great chances to spend some time on the quiet beaches.

Visiting Tanzania in March

The start of the long rainy season, as humidity builds. Some lodges close and roads can become impassable. The landscapes are lush but it makes wildlife harder to spot.

Visiting Tanzania in April

The wettest month, with uncomfortably high levels of humidity, so we advise against travel at this time.

Visiting Tanzania in May

The rain continues with uncomfortably high levels of humidity, so we advise against travel at this time.

Visiting Tanzania in June

The start of the dry season and one of the best months to visit. Clear skies dominate despite the lush landscapes, and it is a fantastic time to see thousands of wildebeest migrate in the Serengeti.

Visiting Tanzania in July

The driest and coolest month across the country. A popular time to travel, so heading to the south and west of the country is a good option. You can see all the wildlife that you can get in the northern parks but also chimpanzees.

Visiting Tanzania in August

Peak season, as the land dries up and makes spotting wildlife much easier. Spot elephants in Tarangire, or relax on the pristine white sandy beaches of Zanzibar. Just make sure to book well ahead as this is the busiest time of year.

Visiting Tanzania in September

After the European school holidays are finished, it is quieter. The great weather remains though, with less mosquitoes around too due to the low humidity. The water visibility improves and you can enjoy diving and snorkelling too.

Visiting Tanzania in October

Temperatures rise a little, as does the chance of a shower or two. The landscape is at its driest before the start of the rainy season, creating fantastic opportunities to see elephants in the sun-baked open plains.

Visiting Tanzania in November

A quiet time of year as the short rainy season starts. The rains are usually overnight but it can rain in the day too. Plenty of game can still be spotted in the Serengeti, but if you are searching for drier weather it is a good time to head south to the Selous.

Visiting Tanzania in December

The short rainy season continues throughout much of the country, but there is still plenty of game viewing in the Serengeti and it is peak season in Zanzibar. It can get very busy over the festive season so it is worth booking in advance.

Tanzania climate guide

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Dar es Salaam
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro
Ruaha National Park
Selous Game Reserve
Serengeti National Park

Explore Tanzania

  • Dar es Salaam
  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park

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We have had some fantastic experiences with Steppes in the past, but have to say this trip was really up there. The lodge suggested by Ilona was amazing, transfers were fantastic, the communication beforehand from both Ilona and Vanessa was wonderful and the help we received when we had one small hiccup at our first hotel was outstanding. Thanks so much.

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We had an amazing trip and would do it again. While I indicated that we would not travel back to Tanzania, that is not a reflection on Tanzania, but rather our interest in exploring other places before making a return trip.

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Itinerary gave a brilliant cross-section of Tanzanian wildlife and habitat.

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