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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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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Tanzania

Impala in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Visiting Tanzania in January

There is a chance of rain, the temperature is getting higher and the humidity is building. It's still a good time to go as rates are lower and safari is excellent. At this time of year the migration herds are in the southeast of the Serengeti for calving season, so the Ndutu Plains are busy but it is amazing to see so many animals in one place.

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  • Green Season (November to March): Tanzani'a Green Season offers superb birdwatching opportunities, with migratory birds arriving in their thousands. Our highlights of Tanzania »
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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"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Tanzania

Zebra in the Ngorongoro Crater
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Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Tribal village near Lake Eyasi, Tanzania

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.

Jo, Africa Safari Specialist