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Balloons over the Serengeti National Park

When is the best time to visit Tanzania?

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

Elephant playing in the water in the Selous Game Reserve

Visiting Tanzania in December

There is a chance of rain, but this is generally overnight. Temperatures and humidity start to build. Safari is good, with migrating herds in the north traveling south to Ndutu. The festive season can be very busy and needs to be planned well in advance to ensure availability. 

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

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