The Serengeti

The Serengeti

The Serengeti - synonymous with the Great Migration that takes place every year. Over two million wildebeest, and thousands of zebra and gazelles, trek hundreds of miles across the vast plains in their quest to find richer grazing land.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

The tropical paradise of Zanzibar boasts white sandy beaches fringed by palm trees that sway gently in the breeze and crystal clear, warm turquoise waters.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

The vast Selous Game Reserve is home to the largest concentration of wild dog in Africa.

Tanzania Safari And Beach

Tanzania Safari And Beach

Migrating wildebeest, idyllic palm-fringed beaches, and snow-capped mountains ... these could be YOUR Tanzania holiday memories!

When to go to Tanzania

The rainy season, the dry season, and when to see the Great Migration

Tanzania is generally recognised as being an ‘all year round’ safari destination, with particular emphasis being during the first couple of months of the Great Migration.  Being close to the equator, temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year, but there are still some months that are characterised by rain or humidity.

Zanzibar and the coastal regions are particularly appealing during the June to August period when temperatures are a little lower (although average highs are still around 30°C), and there is usually much less rain than at other times of year.  January and February are also quite dry, although it can be humid and temperatures average around 33-34°C.

The Rainy Seasons

The main rains fall in April and May, where heavy tropical downpours in the afternoons are a regular occurance, making some roads impassable. What with the high humidity and daily temperatures that can reach 35 degrees C, and the fact that these months tend to be classed as a high-risk for malaria, the lodges offset these negatives with lower rates to try to attract more visitors. The scenery is stunningly green and lush – which whilst wonderful as a backdrop to your safari shots, it does make spotting the wildlife in the thick bush slightly more difficult!

November is the month of the ‘short’ rains – which are less tropical and heavy – rather, they are short, fresh downpours followed by clear skies and sun.

The Dry Seasons

From June through to the end of October is the long dry and relatively cooler season. The chances of rain are highly unlikely, and the temperatures are less humid, making these months a truly lovely time to visit the country. The vegetation dries out, making it easier when out on game drives to track the wildlife, plus the animals are more dependent on water holes and riverine areas so game viewing around these areas is particularly rewarding.

December to March is also the dry season, but the weather becomes increasingly hot and humid. In particular, Christmas is a very popular time for visitors, so if you are planning on travelling over these months, do be prepared for high rates and please ensure that you book well in advance or else you may find that your first, second, third or even fifth choice of accommodation is not available.

The Great Migration

In terms of when to visit to witness the Great Migration, the best months are from May to July, when the plains are fertile and full of grazing wildlife, and from November to March when they return to calf. July and August are particularly busy in terms of safari visitor numbers, so again, despite the higher prices early bookings are advised.svgWeather

Arusha Average Max and Min Temperature

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Arusha Average Rainfall (mm)

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Ngorongoro Crater Average Max and Min Temperature

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Ngorongoro Crater Average Rainfall (mm)

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Central Serengeti Average Max and Min Temperature

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Central Serengeti Average Rainfall (mm)

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Zanzibar Average Max and Min Temperature

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Zanzibar Average Rainfall (mm)

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