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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 88°F 3" 90°F 3" 90°F 6" 88°F 10" 86°F 7" 84°F 1" 84°F 1" 84°F 1" 84°F 1" 86°F 2" 88°F 5" 88°F 4"
Mahale Mountains National Park 75°F 7" 75°F 6" 75°F 7" 75°F 7" 75°F 1" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 77°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 2" 75°F 7" 73°F 8"
Mount Kilimanjaro 36°F 7" 39°F 6" 37°F 12" 36°F 13" 32°F 7" 30°F 2" 30°F 3" 30°F 3" 34°F 3" 36°F 7" 34°F 12" 34°F 9"
Ruaha National Park 82°F 5" 82°F 5" 82°F 4" 81°F 2" 81°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 86°F 0" 86°F 1" 84°F 5"
Selous Game Reserve 84°F 8" 84°F 8" 84°F 10" 82°F 9" 81°F 3" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 81°F 0" 82°F 0" 84°F 1" 86°F 3" 86°F 6"
Serengeti National Park 81°F 4" 81°F 4" 81°F 5" 79°F 5" 77°F 3" 77°F 1" 77°F 0" 77°F 1" 81°F 1" 81°F 2" 79°F 4" 79°F 4"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Tanzania

Zebra & wildebeest crossing the Mara River

Visiting Tanzania in August

Peak season. Migration is still in the north. As the land becomes more parched, the animals' behaviour becomes more predictable. The dense bush in Ruaha is drying out so game spotting here becomes much easier.

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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