Tanzania is a world class safari destination
Boasting the iconic Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the vast Selous Tanzania is a top safari holiday destination
Tanzania is a safari destination without equal, boasting the big names that have become synonymous with some of the best game viewing experiences on the continent. From the world-renowned plains of the Serengeti and the vast Ngorongoro Crater, to the dramatic slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and the wild Selous Reserve, tailor made Tanzania safari holidays are amongst the best in all of Africa.
Tanzania is East Africa's largest country and over a quarter of its surface area is taken up in national parks and game reserves which, collectively, are home to over 20% of Africa's large mammal population. During the great migration, Tanzania is also home to over a million migrating wildebeest and zebra - one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on the planet.
Yet there is much more to a Tanzania luxury tour than just safaris. In the north the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, overlook the distant Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world. Over on the Indian Ocean coast, Zanzibar and its sister islands of Mafia and Pemba are the highlights of a Tanzania beach holiday, with pristine beaches, stunning diving and mysterious ruins to discover.
Holding the keys to Tanzania's treasure trove of natural riches are its ethnically diverse, relaxed and overwhelmingly friendly people. The country became independent from Britain in the early sixties to become the stable fully-fledged democracy it is today. The population of about 40 million live mostly in the highlands around Kilimanjaro and the coast.
Best time to visit Tanzania
When to go to Tanzania
Find out the best time to visit Tanzania with our month by month guide.
January is mixed when it comes to weather, temperatures rise whilst the chance of rain and humidity increases. It is still a good time to go, as the rates are lower yet the game viewing is still excellent.
- During this time migratory herds are in the Serengeti for calving season, meaning the Ndutu plains are busy.
The weather remains hot with a chance of rain in February.
- Meanwhile in the Ndutu Plains the migration is still occurring.
March is the calm before the storm, before heavy rains and humidity builds. Visitors can take great advantage of lower rates during the low season.
- Migrating herds start to leave Ndutu, heading West towards Grumeti.
April experiences continued periods of heavy rain, we would advise against travel due to the conditions.
During may there is periods of heavy rain, we would advise against travel due to the conditions.
June heralds the wet season, bringing lush green vegetation which can make spotting game more difficult. It is a particularly great time for birders as parks become populated by migratory birds especially in the South.
- Migration is still in the Grumeti area, heading north.
July is the start of peak season, temperatures reach up to 30 degrees and the surrounding land becomes drier and spotting game is becoming easier.
- The migration is in the Northern Serengeti moving towards Kenya.
August is peak season, with bush land drying out game spotting becomes much easier. If you want to experience Tanzania game at its best, August is the time to travel.
- The migration still remains in the north.
Peak season continues in September, the Northern circuit can be very busy, if you want to avoid crowds it's best to visit the southern parks.
- The end of the migration is still in the north with herds on both side of the Kenyan and Tanzanian borders.
Peak season continues into October with good game viewing in the Serengeti and southern parks.
- The migration has now crossed over into Kenya.
November is the start of the rainy season, the rains tend to be overnight so it is still a popular time to travel. During this month you can take advantage of low season rates.
- Migration crossing over into the Serengeti can be seen a the Tanzania and Kenya border.
Rains continue in December, whilst the temperature and humidity start to build. Venturing out on safari is generally good, with large game still easily spotted.
- Migrating herds in the north travel south back to Ndutu.
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