Tanzania

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When to Go

The best time to go to Tanzania

Tanzania’s huge size and varied geography means a varied climate as well as two rainy seasons; the best time to go to Tanzania depends on your expectations. If you want to witness the wildebeest migration you’ll need to visit Tanzania between November and August; if you are looking for the best conditions to explore Tanzania’s other parks and reserves such as Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Ruaha and Selous, then a dry season visit between June and October is highly recommended.

Mount Kilimanjaro is best hiked in the drier months of the year: between July and October or January to March. The best time for a holiday on Zanzibar as well as Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast and islands is between August and October. We’d recommend avoiding the coast during the long rains of March to May.

Nov/ Dec
‘Short rains’; wildebeest migrate into Serengeti
Jan/ Feb
Wildebeest birthing season in southern Serengeti
Mar/Apr/ May
‘Long rains’; wildebeest in central & western Serengeti
Jun - Oct
Wildebeest river crossings; peak game viewing in other reserves; best time for Zanzibar & beaches; best time for chimp tracking safaris
Ideal for first-time safari travellers, Tanzania is also perfect for seasoned safari-goers. All Tanzania Safaris

Top Experiences

Greatest concentrations of animals

1. Catch the Migration

Tanzania’s fabled Serengeti is the backdrop to some of the migration’s most dramatic episodes – the birthing season, great treks & crocodile-dodging river crossings. You’ll need to book early for the best months.

2. Spot the Big 5

Spot the Big 5 Looking for Africa’s easiest Big 5 viewing? The Ngorongoro Crater is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino & leopard & it’s not unusual to see them all in a drive or two.

3. Meet the Maasai

Join your guide on a tour into the local community to meet village elders, swop stories & learn about life in big game country. You may get the chance to join a traditional ‘jumping dance’!

4. Hit the Beach

Enjoy a luxurious Indian Ocean beach holiday & excellent diving at a mainland resort or exotic Zanzibar. It gets even more exclusive on Pemba, Mafia & Mnemba islands.

5. Track Chimpanzees

Travel to Tanzania for one of Africa’s wildlife secrets: encounters with wild chimpanzees in the magnificent Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream. You’ll also spot forest animals & birds & enjoy sunset cruises on Lake Tanganyika.

6. Visit Africa’s Great Lakes

Home to tree-climbing lions, Lake Manyara offers game viewing, birding & boat trips but head for the lush forests of Lake Tanganyika & Lake Victoria for chimp tracking adventures.

7. Travel off the Beaten Path

Whether it’s the vast Selous Reserve or East Africa’s biggest elephant herds at Ruaha Park, there’s always something away from the crowds in Tanzania. Wild places, wonderful accommodation & virtually private game viewing.

8. Hike up Mt Kilimanjaro

Africa’s highest peak is more than a bucket-lister: you’ll hike through an ever-changing landscape & make lifelong friends on the way. Different routes cater for different abilities – ask us for more information.

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