Tanzania In A Year

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Tanzania, a jewel of East Africa, is a country known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and warm hospitality. With an abundance of tourist attractions spread throughout the country, there is something for everyone, no matter the time of year. In this article, we will take you on a journey exploring Tanzania in a year. Unlike the more well-known Northern parks, which can be visited year-round, the Southern and Western parks are best visited from June to October, during the dry season.

Tanzania’s month-by-month tourist attractions offer a diverse range of experiences throughout the year. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, adventure seeker, or beach lover, Tanzania has it all. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to this breathtaking East African country for an experience of a lifetime!

Plan your Tanzania Safari any time of the year. All year round, there is excellent wildlife watching in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The ideal time to watch the migration is from June to October, and the optimum time to witness the wildebeest calving is from January to February. Tanzania’s dry months are excellent for seeing animals. The best time to visit Tarangire and the Southern and Western Circuit Parks (Katavi, Nyerere, and Ruaha) is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. As Tanzania’s peak safari season also falls into this time frame, the Zanzibar Archipelago is a highly sought-after post-safari destination.

Tanzania Safari
Tanzania Safari

Tanzania Monthly Adventures

To start the year, explore the Serengeti National Park, where the wildlife herds start to gather for the Great Migration. Travellers should pack for bright, sunny days as the brief, dry season gets underway.

February is the warmest month in Tanzania. January to February is the best time for the wildebeest calving. You can also head to the coastline and explore the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Unwind on soft white sand, take a dip in turquoise waters, and indulge in the vibrant culture and history of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The perfect time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Experience one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on Earth and spot a variety of animals, from elephants to lions, in the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.

Venture to Tarangire National Park to witness the unique landscape dotted with baobab trees and discover the incredible birdlife the park has to offer. April also signifies the start of the wet season in the Serengeti, providing a refreshing change to the landscape.

Embark on a journey to the breathtaking Lake Manyara. Known for its diverse bird species, flamingos, and tree-climbing lions, this underrated gem offers a serene and peaceful experience away from the crowds. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles head up into the central and western regions of the Serengeti on their annual round-trip migration between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Journey to the stunning Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Scale the highest peak in Africa for an unforgettable adventure, surrounded by breathtaking vistas and ancient glaciers.

Experience the wild wonders of the Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s oldest and largest protected area. This vast reserve offers an untouched wilderness for a truly immersive safari experience. June and July sees the wildebeest crossing of the Grumeti River in the Serengeti.

The perfect time to explore the beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife of Ruaha National Park. Home to a large population of elephants and a variety of predators, Ruaha provides a unique and less crowded safari experience.

Head to the Serengeti once again to witness more of the Great Migration. This time, catch the Mara river crossings as the wildebeests and zebras make their way back to the Serengeti from the Masai Mara, facing crocodile-infested rivers.

Explore the remote and stunning Mahale Mountains National Park. Known for its population of chimpanzees, this park offers a unique opportunity to trek through lush forests and observe our closest relatives in their natural habitat.

The short rains begin and continue into December. The weather will be mostly pleasant, but come prepared with a lightweight, waterproof rain jacket.

End the year by visiting the idyllic beaches of Mafia Island. Unspoiled by mass tourism, this pristine island is a haven for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, offering vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.

Wildebeest migration
Wildebeest migration

Tanzania In A Year – Seasonal Adventures

  • January to February – Serengeti National Park for the wildebeest calving. Warm months with high temperatures.
  • June to October – dry season, visit all the parks when wildlife viewing is at its best. Cooler, dryer climate sets in for the next several months, with little to no rainfall. Pack some warmer clothing as well, and layering is recommended. Visit the Southern and Western parks. Nyerere National Park (Selous) gets crowded at this time.
  • July to March – high season, visit Northern parks, but all the parks get crowded. Cooler, mild weather.
  • April and May – low season, when many lodges are closed in the Southern and Western parks. From March to May is usually the peak of the wet season.
  • November to April – migratory birds, ideal for birdwatching.