Most safari areas in Tanzania enjoy warm days and cool evenings year-round. While temperatures drop to below freezing on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, the country’s Indian Ocean coast and lakeside regions are hot and humid.

Tanzania has two distinct rainy seasons: 

• April to May (the ‘long rains’)
• November to December (the ‘short rains’)
Generally, the country’s main rainy season (the long rains) produces tropical downpours in the afternoons and many safari camps close. The short rains season sees the occasional brief shower, but safari camps stay open and game viewing is good. 

Tanzania Safari High vs. Low Season

High or Peak Season

Low or Green Season

About June to October (long dry season)
About January to March and November to December

Highest rates

Lowest rates

Need to book well in advance

No need to book too far in advance

Cool and dry weather

Hot and occasionally wet weather

Not many baby animals around

Lots of baby animals around

Not many migrant birds to see

Fantastic time for bird-watching

Most crowded

Least crowded

Good photography conditions

Greenest, most scenic landscapes with the best light of the year for photography

The best time to go on a Tanzania safari depends entirely on what you want to see and experience:
• The major national parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire deliver superb year-round game viewing, but visitor numbers peak from about June to October.
• Mount Kilimanjaro: the best weather conditions in which to climb are between July and October or January to March.
• If it’s a tropical beach holiday that you’re after, the best time to visit Tanzania's coast, Zanzibar and other islands is between June and March. If you want to take your chances during the long rains (April to May), you could have a week of sunshine or a week of rain – but you’ll get low season rates.

When to See the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti 


Approximate Time

Calving or Birthing Season

January to March

Intense Big Cat Action

January to March

Rutting (a period of sexual excitement, reproductive activity and mating battles between males)

January to March

High or Peak Season

May to July

Mara River Crossings

July to September

Note: the above are approximate dates only. The Wildebeest Migration is a year-round, circular journey and the river crossings cannot be predicted, although they generally occur between May and September. Sometimes the herds stay put for two weeks, other times they could cross four times in one day!

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As a country, Tanzania offers astonishing nature exploration with spectacular landscapes filled with wildlife, mountains and a wide diverse of local lifestyle and cultural experiences.