When is the best time to visit Tanzania?
We’re often asked “When is the best time to go to Tanzania? The answer is often complex and depends on many things including your interests, exactly where you want to visit and why you’re travelling.
The “long dry season” occurs from June through October. During this time, rainfall is unusual. It’s a great time to visit Tanzania. During November and December there’s a rainy season: the “short rains”. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable. They also bring new life and water to the Serengeti, causing a burst of grass growth and sparking the migration southwards.
If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania’s “short dry season”, another great time to visit.
Generally, the main rainy season called the “long rains” occurs in late March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which are heavier and more predictable along the coast and on the Zanzibar. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.
When is the best time to safari to see the great wildebeest migration on the Serengeti?
Many travellers visit Tanzania to see the Serengeti’s great wildebeest migration. Linked to the rainfall, this stunning migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest takes place throughout the year, and follows a fairly predictable pattern, as the wildebeest are constantly seeking fresh grazing and water.
The migration can be found during any given month; you just need to know where to look! While we can’t control the weather, generally speaking, the best time to travel to Tanzania for migration viewing is mid December to March (the migration birthing cycle) and June to October.
When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
If you wish to climb Kilimanjaro, the two best times are January to March and August to October. It is best to avoid climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy seasons.