Best Time For Safari In Tanzania

Tanzania is welcoming all-round the year and the safari parks are good for most of the year. As the east African country lies close to the equator the weather doesn’t have the characteristic four seasons but is limited to just two seasons- Dry season and Wet seasons. While the dry seasons are always good for game viewing the wet season also unleashes a different side of the safari havens. This is considered to be the Best Time for Safari in Tanzania.

All the parks on the northern circuit are good for viewing around the year, the Southern and Western circuit parks are best visited in the dry season. Start Tanzania Safari Tours with knowing the best time, season, and month to visit Tanzania.

As a thumb rule, the best time for visitation simply depends on what you want to experience.

  Most Ideal Low Season

The Best Time to Go To Tanzania

The Best Time for Safari in Tanzania can be divided into the different activities you prefer to do:

For Wildlife Lovers:

For the wildlife lovers the Best Time To Visit Serengeti is definitely the dry season. For the birdwatchers, the period between December and March is probably one of the best times of the year.

“Compared to the northern parks, the southern parks of Selous and Ruaha are slightly more seasonal in months or windows.”

For Beach Lovers:

If you are a beach lover and are wondering - When to go to Tanzania on Safari, the dry season is the best possible time. Zanzibar is quite humid compared to the national parks during the rainy seasons.

The period between December and March when the weather is fairly reliably sunny on the east coast of the island is the best time to visit these blue serene beaches.

For Hikers:

In the most common Tanzania Safari Faq's we are often asked about the best time to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. The best possible period is June to September. It is the most preferred period as the weather is usually good and less rain makes the routes less slippery and easy to climb. The scenic view during this period is simply mesmerising.

Tanzania Monthly Overviews

Take a look at our breakdown of months and make a suitable call:

January-February- The short rain period has just receded and the landscapes are nourished and overflowing with a saturation of greens. Migratory birds are in full flight and the calving season is in full swing in Southern Serengeti.

March-May- Its wet season and the rains come down in torrents. Animals disperse rendering the parks desolate and the trails of Kilimanjaro are wet and soggy. The tropical beaches of Zanzibar are also rendering inaccessible with the heavy rains and thunderstorms. Its low season in Tanzania with fewer crowds and fees are low. But the sceneries are beautiful and abound in green

June to October- This is the Best Season to Visit Tanzania. While June is the transition month the weather really opens up from July onwards as the dry season begins. The conditions are excellent with clear skies and very little humidity.

The dry conditions draw all the wildlife out of their habitats to the watering hole and lack of vegetations gives a spectacular game viewing experience.

September is the Best Month to Visit Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is primed for trekking and the beaches are inviting with the arresting natural beauty

November-December - The second wet season witnesses shorter spells of showers. Its good time for photography and bird watching as migratory birds arrive in big numbers decking up the Tanzanian horizon with precious and rare avifauna.

November to March - Are you interested in exploring marine life and underwater landscapes? Then this is the time for you.

Snorkelers and divers stand the best chance of encountering whale sharks

January to March

A dry spell between the short and long rains and the very best time to see the wildebeest migration in the Southern Serengeti.

Dry and excellent game viewing

April and May

Typically the long rains begin at the end of March and carry on steadily until the end of May when warmer drier weather returns. Parks are quiet and the wildebeest are still in the South of the Serengeti

Wet weather but excellent game viewing

June to October

Afternoon temperatures are usually around 27°C/81°F and most days have a fine, clear sky and sunny weather. As the parks dry out the animals crowd towards water sources making Tarangire Park a great choice as well as Grumeti and Ngorongoro

Hot, dry conditions

November and December

An unpredictable period of about a month of rains occurs between late October and December. The rains will be unlikely to interfere with your safari and it is rare for it to rain continuously throughout the day.

Another excellent time for game viewing

Season and Climate In Tanzania

To understand the Best Time for Safari in Tanzania we need to analyse the seasons in Tanzania.

Dry Season:

The dry season from June to September is the Best Time of Year to Go to Tanzania. The chance of spotting animals is great as the weather is quite melodious and there is no rain.

Rainy Season:

The rainy season is from Oct to March. The period from January to February when the weather in Tanzania gets a little dry around this period, with some respite from the rains is the best time to visit Tanzania. If you like less crowds this season is the best time for you.

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Lifetime Safaris Practical Guide To Planning A Trip To Tanzania

  • 1
    Can I make my own itinerary?

    Yes! You can definitely plan your own personalised travel itinerary with Lifetime Safaris. We provide private Tanzania Safari Tours which are customised according to your needs. For planning a perfect Tanzania Safari itinerary, you can speak to our Travel experts who will guide you about the destinations of your choice. We also take utmost care of the safety, hygiene of our clients. The Food will be of your choice requested as per your recommendations during the time of safari bookings.

  • 2
    Can I take my children on safari?

    Yes you can surely bring your children on Safari. But you must be aware of the minimum age restrictions at various national parks and lodges which is about 4 and 12 years of age. As all safari activities are not open to children, you must check with our travel exerts regarding the age criteria at the different destinations planned in your itinerary.

  • 3
    Will I stay in tents or lodges?

    Whether you stay at tents or lodges depends on the type of packages you have purchased like luxury safaris, budget safaris or a standard Tanzania Safari where we will bring our own tents, camping, a cook to prepare your meals, food and other cooking equipments.

    You can choose to upgrade your accommodation, to enjoy a more comfortable and luxurious experience as well.

  • 4
    What size are your safari groups?

    In a safari group in Tanzania we take anywhere around 4-6 people in our vehicle depending on the type of safari you have chosen. In group tours six people are taken at max. While for a private tour less than three guests will accompany in the safari vehicle.

  • 5
    What Kind of vehicles do you use?

    The safari vehicle provided by Lifetime Safari is a 4×4 safari vehicle. Mostly we accommodate around six guests in throw rows of seating in our closed safari vehicles which has a pop-top roof hatch that will allow you to view wildlife Form a height. These safari vehicles can also be minibuses or 4X4 Land Cruisers or 4X4 Land Rovers.

  • 6
    I am interested in a Tanzania safari… What is my next step?

    It's a great choice to choose Tanzania safari as your next travel or vacation destination. As you have already made up your mind for visiting this spectacular country, we suggest you to call our Lifetime Safaris travel experts to inquire about and book a suggested itinerary of your choice. You can accompany us in our group safari trips or even plan a personalised private Tanzania safari which offers flexible dates, location and safari durations. After selecting your package or travel itinerary you can proceed with booking the safari.

  • 7
    Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?

    Tanzania for many years has been a home to thousands of native tribes and people of different origins, and culture. Tanzania is the home of 120 African ethnic groups and more than 26 million people live in this East African country. You will be amazed to encounter and closely interact with the Maasai people of Tanzania who will show you how to light a fire without any combustibles. Other lesser-known tribes like the Datoga and Chaga and their rich cultural tapestry can be explored in your Tanzania walking or cultural tours

  • 8
    What additional costs can I expect when traveling in Tanzania?

    In your Tanzania Safari Cost the following expenses are not included in your safari package:

    • Airport departure taxes

    • Travel Insurance

    • Excess baggage fees

    • International Flight Travel expenses

    • Tanzania Visa or passport costs

    • Medical expenses, meals or activities included in the safari package (up gradation of stay or additional activities included after travel bookings)

    • Tips to drivers/guides/tour leaders

  • 9
    How far in advance should I book my safari?

    It is advisable to book your international flight tickets at least three months in advance if you do not wish to face problems getting seats on British Airways or KLM. If you are planning your trip in the peak season, it is advisable to book your safari to Tanzania at least nine months before.

  • 10
    Can I use a credit card to pay?

    Yes you can use credit cards to pay your bills however these are only accepted in big hotels or restaurants. However in other local markets only Tanzanian Shillings are accepted. There are ATM machines in Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar where you can get local currency with your Visa or MasterCard.

  • 11
    Should I bring some cash with me?

    Yes you can bring cash around in either Tanzania Shilling (TSh) or American dollars as cheques and cash are acceptable in many places here around town.

  • 12
    What will my means of transport be?

    Uber is the least expensive means of road transportation in the Tanzanian town as for 30-40 min ride they charge a minimum of $3.50. There is affordable public bus transportation in Tanzania called Dallas-Dallas, which can be difficult to navigate in town, as the bus stations don't have any name on it and you will have to ask around for directions. To go around the towns you can take the Rapid Transit System as well but these do not go into the peninsular areas.

  • 13
    What about Tanzania Safari Tips?

    Tanzania Safari Tipping is not compulsory but customary. Lifetime Safaris recommends you to tip moderately depending on the level of satisfaction you have received from the services.

    • Safari guide(s) US $10 per day;

    • Cook US $7,

    • Camp staff US $3 $5 per day.

  • 14
    Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?

    To enter this marvellous country of diverse wildlife and unique culture, some countries like USA, Australia, UK, require a Tanzania Visa which cost around $50 US cash for non US citizens and $100 for US citizens. You can obtain this visa on arrival at the airport as well.

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    What Are The Entry Requirements?

    The various documents needed to enter Tanzania are listed below in the Tanzania Travel Requirements :

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months

    • Two Blank Passport pages

    • A Tourist Travel Visa for entry

    • Yellow fever vaccinations are required if travelling from a yellow fever endemic country. You can consult your physician for any other vaccine requirements.

    • Can I get a visa upon arrival?

  • 16
    Can I get a visa upon arrival?

    Yes you can purchase a Tanzanian Visa on arrival at the Airport upon entry by paying $50 after some document verifications (which is a 30 min procedure only). American citizens need to pay 100 US$, and get only a multiple entry Visa (since September 2007).

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