The best time of year to visit Tanzania for all round game viewing is between June and October, the dry season. Highlights include the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration which you'll find crossing the Mara River at this time and parks like Ruaha, Selous, Katavi and Mahale which will be at their best for game at this time of year.
But don't be fooled into thinking that just because its the best all-round time, there aren't other great times to visit and see excellent wildlife (one of our faviourite times for example is in April in the Gol Mountains)
Between December and May for example throws up some of the best game viewing available in all Africa in the Serengeti and surrounding areas. Have a look at some of our favourite Tanzania safari experiences
- Serengeti Wildebeest Migration - the Calving - Feb - March
- Exploring Serengeti away from the crowds December - May
- Walking safaris in Northern Tanzania - year round
- Exploring the Selous Game Reserve on foot - June - October
- Chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains - June - October
The Ngorongoro Highlands can still be full of flowers in June and July, but be prepared for cold with low cloud hanging often around till midday. Tarangire in Northern Tanzania, which acts as a dry season refuge for wildlife from the entire Maasai Steppe is at its best for game between late July to late October. However it’s always good for elephant and in the green season between December and May it has tremendous birdlife.
The Serengeti offers spectacular game viewing year round, so works a bit differently. What matters here is that you head to the right part of the park for the time of year and that you avoid the main tourist traps - take a look at how to have the Serengeti to yourself
In the Serengeti and surrounding areas game action remains excellent through the unfashionable months of March, April and May and low visitor numbers make this a great time to visit, particularly if you like the idea of exploring with a light mobile camp
Let us know if you'd like us to prepare some suggestions for visiting Tanzania at different times of the year for you and we'll be happy to help.
Posted by: Alex