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Best time to visit

Basically there is no bad time to go on safari in Tanzania. Whenever you go you will see fantastic wildlife. Like climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, when the weather is kindest it can get crowded but if you can go a little off-peak and cope with the occasional shower you will find quiet parks and amazing viewing.

December to March is the summer season in Tanzania. Temperatures are pleasant with an average high of 28°C and an average low of 15°C. The rains from early November to late March are usually scattered and localised and do not last for more than a few hours. All in all the conditions for safaris could not be better. The wildebeest are in the southern Serengeti making this a perfect time to catch the migration.

Although there is a chance of heavy rain during April and May and showers can be expected for a few hours most days this is still a good time to visit. Particularly during April and May the parks are fairly empty and accommodation costs are often quite a bit lower. However, this time actually offers the finest game viewing opportunities of the year. Wildlife concentrations are at their highest in the Southern Serengeti, and the landscape is a lush green.

During  the period from June to November, the weather is usually dry and sunny, although October to December brings the short rains to Tanzania. The grass dies back and more and more animals congregate around the permanent sources of water making them easier to find. Visitor numbers (and prices) peak in August coinciding with holidays in the Northern Hemisphere.

January to March
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A dry spell between the short and long rains and the very best time to see the wildebeest migration in the Southern Serengeti. Dry and excellent game viewing
April and May
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Typically the long rains begin at the end of March and carry on steadily until the end of May when warmer drier weather returns. Parks are quiet and the wildebeest are still in the South of the Serengeti Wet weather but excellent game viewing
June to October
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Afternoon temperatures are usually around 27°C/81°F and most days have a fine, clear sky and sunny weather. As the parks dry out the animals crowd towards water sources making Tarangire Park a great choice as well as Grumeti and Ngorongoro Hot, dry conditions
November and December
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An unpredictable period of about a month of rains occurs between late October and December. The rains will be unlikely to interfere with your safari and it is rare for it to rain continuously throughout the day. Another excellent time for game viewing
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