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Tanzania is one of the best safari destinations in the world. The Serengeti boasts the highest density of wildlife anywhere in Africa and the Selous has the largest population of wild dogs. The northern circuit can get quite busy, but the southern parks are relatively unknown so it's possible to enjoy a more intimate safari experience. Peak season is July to October.

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The best time to visit Tanzania is from July to October when the country is at its driest. This coincides with the migration river crossings, however, all the parks offer amazing wildlife sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense.

Erin, Africa Safari Specialist

Tanzania Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dar es Salaam 31°C 68mm 32°C 76mm 32°C 140mm 31°C 256mm 30°C 169mm 29°C 34mm 29°C 28mm 29°C 23mm 29°C 27mm 30°C 56mm 31°C 117mm 31°C 96mm
Mahale Mountains National Park 24°C 174mm 24°C 150mm 24°C 185mm 24°C 188mm 24°C 23mm 24°C 1mm 24°C 0mm 25°C 1mm 26°C 11mm 26°C 62mm 24°C 168mm 23°C 215mm
Mount Kilimanjaro 2°C 168mm 4°C 165mm 3°C 296mm 2°C 327mm 0°C 172mm -1°C 63mm -1°C 64mm -1°C 71mm 1°C 67mm 2°C 172mm 1°C 296mm 1°C 235mm
Ruaha National Park 28°C 137mm 28°C 129mm 28°C 111mm 27°C 55mm 27°C 4mm 26°C 0mm 26°C 0mm 26°C 0mm 28°C 1mm 30°C 7mm 30°C 34mm 29°C 139mm
Selous Game Reserve 29°C 210mm 29°C 202mm 29°C 246mm 28°C 225mm 27°C 72mm 26°C 12mm 26°C 5mm 27°C 7mm 28°C 11mm 29°C 28mm 30°C 72mm 30°C 145mm
Serengeti National Park 27°C 94mm 27°C 99mm 27°C 136mm 26°C 137mm 25°C 64mm 25°C 27mm 25°C 12mm 25°C 25mm 27°C 31mm 27°C 42mm 26°C 96mm 26°C 111mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Tanzania

Male lion resting in the road

Visiting Tanzania in September

Peak season. The end of the migration is still in the north, with herds on both sides of the Kenya and Tanzania borders and high numbers of elephant in Tarangire. The northern circuit can be very busy, but it is less busy in the south, so for those who want to avoid crowds it's best to visit the southern parks.

Events & Festivals

  • The Great Migration river crossings (July to September): This is your best chance to observe herds of animals in their hundreds as they cross Tanzania's rivers on their epic migration across the continent. The Great Migration: Q&As »

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