å Tanzania Travel Calendar
Best times to visit Tanzania, season by season
January to March
- Big herds of wildebeest gather in the southern plains of the Serengeti.
- Peak calving season occurs over about a 2-week period
- Many predators are attracted to the area
- Visibility is usually excellent with animals on the open plains, although some prefer the wooded areas
April to May
- Often considered the ‘off season’, this is arguably one of the best seasons to travel
- There are fewer visitors, less crowding, less dust
- It is the rainy season but it seldom rains all day - often a thunderstorm that clears quickly.
- Skies are often dramatic and sunsets are spectacular which make breath-taking backdrops for photographs
- Most lodges and hotels offer lower rates at this time
- In general, the herds gather around central Serengeti
July to August
- The herds of wildebeest move northwards and westwards from the central area
- They make their way towards to Mara River, the site of the famous, dangerous river crossings
- River crossings can be seen from both the western corridor (Grumeti area) as well as from the northern Serengeti
September to October
- By now, some wildebeest have successfully reached the Maasai Mara
- Many hundreds of thousands of wildebeest still remain in the northern reaches of the Serengeti
- Time and patience usually will pay off for those who stay in the area at this time - further river crossings often occur
November to December
- The larger herds start to make their way back from the north
- The migration continues southwards across the plains
- Once more, the migration cycle begins anew
All Year Round
Tanzania is good to visit at any time of the year - there is no real winter to speak of.
- Daytime temperatures generally range from 15-21°C (59-70°F) and 4-10°C (39-50°F at night, from May to October
- From November to March, the days range from 21-32°C (70-90°F) and nights from 15-23° C (59-73°F)
- At any time of the year, temperatures drop considerably near the higher areas like Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater
- Within the Serengeti/Ngorongoro eco-systems, there is resident game throughout the year
- The Great Migration is undoubtedly the biggest drawcard
- Predicting movements of the herds is often guesswork
- The movement of the migratory herds do not follow a set schedule and depend largely on weather patterns, rainfall, food supply and so on
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