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When Should You Visit Tanzania?

By April 20, 2020September 1st, 2021Tanzania
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The best time to visit Tanzania: The easy answer: anytime! And we encourage you to do so! That being said, there are times of the year that may be more or less favorable for certain activities, such as trekking Kilimanjaro or calving season in the Serengeti. Read on to learn more about this so you can plan the trip that is right for you!


Tanzania is located on the equator and is characterized by a tropical climate, making it an exciting year-round destination. Generally, the country experiences two rainy seasons – a long rainy season in April and May and a shorter period of rains in November.

The two dry seasons from December to March and June to October are the most popular times to travel, when tourist numbers are high.


There truly isn’t a bad time for a safari. The dry seasons are certainly favored by the masses, as a result of the weather and that these seasons coincide with holidays and school breaks in western countries. The rainy months, while not often preferred by tourists, are wonderful times to safari if you are ok with the occasional shower. The national parks offer some of the finest game viewing opportunities of the year – the landscape is green and there is a throng of new offspring – while reduced rates at lodges and tented camps make your trip more affordable.

One of the most amazing wildlife phenomena in the world occurs in Tanzania – the world’s largest mammal migration of wildebeest through the Serengeti plains. The migrating herds are found in different areas of the Serengeti throughout the year. We create custom itineraries for you that focus your time in the appropriate areas for your travel dates.


Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro (or nearby Mt. Meru) is a great physical and mental challenge for all who attempt it. So trekking is best undertaken during the drier months (December-March and June-October) when trails are more easily traversed.

During the months of April, May and November, there is a high probability of daily rainfall on the mountain, making for wet and muddy conditions, with snow and sleet at the higher elevations.

Full moon treks: If you’ve done much reading about Kilimanjaro trekking, you will have come across information about full moon treks. We offer treks that coincide with the full moon, meaning your assault on the summit will occur with a full moon overhead. Many people love the brightness the moon provides, usually negating the need for a headlamp on the trail. There are tradeoffs to consider however, these dates do tend to attract more crowds than usual.

Late Dec – March

April – May

June – Oct

Nov – Mid Dec


Peak tourist season

Fewest tourists

Greenest landscapes


Abundant and diverse wildlife

Many young offspring

Wildebeest migration
Serengeti National Park



Central to North



Favorable weather
Dry with little to no rain

Open group treks available

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