What Is The Best Time To Visit Tanzania For Safaris
Let’s start with this, You can visit Tanzania any time of the year for your safari holidays, and adventures. But this depends entirely on your holiday preferences such as budget, activities, kind of adventure eg, safari, climbing, cultural and much more.
Tanzania as a whole is a diverse nation, with unlimited options to choose from that you can engage in, make memories and create unending adventures.
We have listed below some of the most common holiday picks that we find our guests choosing while in Tanzania with their corresponding best time to visit for that activity.
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Safari Holiday Activities in Tanzania – What to do in Tanzania while on Safari
With the unrivaled experiences in Tanzania, just know that there is more you can do, engage and experience. You can combine these experiences and do them once, or you can plan and schedule them on different dates of the year for your convenience.
- Mt. Kilimanjaro Hiking and Summitting:-
To summit the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will need a minimum of 7 days, for a comfortable hike. The best time to hike this mountain is any time of the year.
But again, your budget and other preferences matter. If you are on a budget and just need to climb the mountain, you can visit between March and July. If you will combine it with a Safari, the best would be from Jan to March and July to October.
- Coffee Farm Tours in Karatu:-
Are you a farm and coffee fanatic? A tour to Karatu coffee farms would do you justice. But when is the best time to visit? Between October and February every year, farmers in Karatu Tanzania prepare to harvest coffee. This would be the best time to visit and experience the harvesting process and make coffee from the farm.
- Wildebeest Migration and Crossings:-
You can experience this world wonder throughout the year, but the most fascinating and most wanted sightings are during the months of Jan to march, during their calving season, and the months of June to October, during the river crossings in Northern Serengeti and in Masai Mara.
- Spend with the Hadzabe Tribe:-
One of the indigenous communities and tribes in Tanzania, the Hadzabe. They practice the best traditional activities such as hunting and gathering. They are the only community in Tanzania allowed to hunt certain types of wildlife species such as the hare. They are located around Lake Eyasi and you can visit them any time of the year.
- Zanzibar Beach Holidays:-
A rewarding holiday after a long safari would be visiting Zanzibar Island. Iconic and known to be one of the best, Zanzibar offers a kind and unique experience. The best time to visit Zanzibar would be during the summer holidays, between August and November, January and May.
There are many other activities one can engage in such as city tours, cultural tours, visiting the Olduvai gorge, Game drives in the largest caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Lake Natron for the greater and lesser flamingo sightings.
What is the Best time to visit Tanzania for Safari Holidays?
We have done a comprehensive month-by-month safari guide to Tanzania, you can get more information there. But below, we will outline the best times to visit Tanzania for Safaris and Holidays. We will indicate all rainy and hot seasons.
Tanzania is best for family safaris, solo travelers, couples, adventurers, beach holiday lovers, photographers, or even just those that love to relax with nature, you will enjoy a good safari in Tanzania.
Let’s take a look at the best time to visit Tanzania for safaris in detail:-
January to March – High Season
This is known as the high season when the climate is hot and dry, but the vegetation is green and healthy for wildlife consumption. wildlife get lots of food from the short rains that rained between November and December.
During this season, you will be lucky and be able to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro with ease. The weather and climate are favorable, the paths are dry for grips, and the views up there are amazing. It’s also the best time to visit Ndutu Conservation Area, South of Serengeti for the wildebeest calving season.
In this season, you will witness more than 8000 wildebeests being born daily. The Ndutu hosts more than 2 million wildebeests and zebras. Hence a better time to visit Tanzania for a safari since you will witness amazing wildlife activities such as hunting.
We always recommend guests travel during the January to March season as it’s better and easy to enjoy exclusive sightings away from the crowding seasons.
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April to June – Low Season
April to June is a wet and rainy season in Tanzania. The long rains known as ‘Masika’ always start from April to June. It’s the best time when farming activities are at their peak and holiday activities are at their lowest.
Traveling to Tanzania during the rainy season can be tricky due to access issues, and most camps close during this season for rehabilitation. The best fit for a safari during the rainy season in Tanzania is our flying safaris. You will manage to enjoy affordable safari holiday rates to exclusive camps and flights too.
As much as the rain is too much, you can still enjoy an exclusive luxury safari in Tanzania. It’s also tricky to spot wildlife since the vegetation and grasses are tall and hard to sight anything. We always recommend guests travel during the low season as it’s better away from the crowding seasons.
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July to October – Peak season
July to October is known to be Peak Season in East Africa and Tanzania. It’s also the best time for wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania. The climate is hot and dry, and vegetation is lush green, and short, offering ease in spotting wildlife.
July to October is the best time for the migration as they migrate from south Serengeti to Masai Mara Kenya. And the most phenomenal season is when you will witness phenomenal activities of wildebeests such as the mega crossings in the Mara river.
The Serengeti is busy and crowded as there are lots of guests visiting sighting the wildebeest migration. Others are on Mt. Kilimanjaro summitting the highest mountain in Africa.
November to December – High Season
November to December is when the short rains start and the parks and reserves in Tanzania are all wet and rainy. The rains are not as much as compared to the January to March Season. A lot of farming activities going on during these months as well.
It is also the best time to visit safari destinations in Tanzania if you are looking for fewer crowds and that intimate safari experience. Wildlife is still in plenty and easy to spot before the rains intensify end of November.
December is a festive season, in most cases, the month has mixed climatic conditions. At times it rains heavily and at times it gets hot and dry. As the end of the month approaches it’s the best time for a safari in Tanzania.
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