BEST TIME TO VISIT TANZANIA
The best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season (June to October). This is the prime time and best time to see the wild game. Coinciding with the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti in the months of June & Jul, you are yet to see one of the best wildlife experiences in your lifetime. To witness the Calving season; visit Tanzania in the months of late January to February.
Dry Season (JUNE – OCTOBER)
June & July – are the best months to see the wildebeest migration. There is a high visitor turnout it is crowded during this time.
August & September – are the best months to witness the crossing of the wildebeest at the Mara River. Due to little rainfall, you can easily spot game at the water holes where they concentrate for access to water. The skies are blue and it is sunny for the whole day.
Wet Season (November – May)
January & February – this is the calving season when you witness over 8,000 newborn wildebeest calves come to life and the best time to see predators hunting. This happens in the south of Serengeti and Ndutu area.
This is a low season where rates are generally low and therefore you can travel on a good budget.
Rains are experienced in the afternoon and will not interfere with your game drive except for April, March, and May months which are the peak of heavy rainfall.
Tanzania is a top-tier safari destination. The quality of wildlife and the whole safari experience is excellent. The country has 3 major touristic circuits: the Nothern circuit, the Southern circuit, and the Western circuit. All of the circuits are very interesting with a combination of the different things that they offer, they make Tanzania an amazing wildlife destination.
The Big Five are the most sought-after wildlife and they can be easily seen.
The wildebeest Migration is one of the most unique wildlife phenomena in Africa, naturally occurring; the event takes place annually between Tanzania’s Serengeti National park and Masai Mara National Reserve in late June – October.
Over 1.5 Million ungulates- mainly wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles migrate from Serengeti national park to the majestic Masai Mara in search of water and pasture. Crossing the Mara river is the climax of this event. The Mara river is infested with the long Nile crocodile and it is unfortunate that some of the migrants' pilgrimage tour ends there.
The Calving season is also another interesting event where over 8,000 calves are born. This event attracts many visitors coming to witness this unique spectacle. The calving season attracts many predators. It is a good time to see hunting in action.
WEATHER & CLIMATE
Tanzania is yet another country that lies within the tropics. The climatic condition is not clear therefore the county does not experience clear weather patterns e.g. winter, summer, autumn, or spring. Therefore, the weather is defined as dry season and rainy season.
The Dry season is from the months of June – October with temperatures ranging from 20°C/68°F – 30°C/86°F. There is little to no rainfall and humidity is at a low. During the night time it cools off and we recommend you pack warm.
The Wet Season is from the months of November – May with temperatures ranging from 30°C/86°F but the temperatures will be cooler in the high altitude. Mornings and nighttime are cold and we advise you to pack warm.
November, & December- this is the short rain season. The rains last for a month in between those months. Within the Northern touristic circuit, rains begin as early as October.
- January & February- during these months, there is a dry spell of rain in the Northern circuit and coastal region. Other parks may not experience it.
- March, April & May – these months experience heavy rainfall almost every day. However, the rain is experienced during the late afternoon and nighttime and will rarely affect your game drive experience.
GETTING THERE & VISA REQUIREMENTS
You can get to Tanzania through the major airports Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport.
Kilimanjaro International Airport is the entry point to visiting the most visited Northern circuit.
Julius Nyerere International Airport is the main airport of Tanzania and an entry point if you are seeking to explore the parks in the southern circuit.
Depending on where you would like to safari, we shall advise you on the best logistical arrangements to make your safari easy and smooth.
All visitors require a passport which has to be valid for at least 6 months
Visa Application to Tanzania is an easy online process that can be done on the government portal https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
A Yellow fever certificate is mandatory when visiting Tanzania.
Entry requirements and protocols may change with time and it is advisable to reach out to us for up-to-date information on what you need.