Tanzania is an outstanding travel destination and boasts fascinating wildlife, beautiful scenery, the peaks of Kilimanjaro and friendly people. As a visitor to Tanzania it is best to know what seasons are more suitable for special interests than others are.
The following information is offered as a guideline, as weather patterns and wildlife rhythms are never predictable and can never be guaranteed at a specific time or in a specific area.
Safaris are great any time of the year in Tanzania. Even though April to May is the wettest time of the year, visitors can view Wildebeest and Zebra, which are highly visible in the Serengeti. November is also quite wet but is an ideal time to spot animals and migrant birds.
One of the major highlights of Tanzania is definitely the mass migration of Wildebeest from Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania. This occurs in December, January, February and March. The migration's most spectacular phase usually takes place in late May / early June, when the great herds stream north from the short grass plains.
Best times to visit National Parks and Reserves:
Arusha National Park:
The park boasts Zebra, Leopard, Reedbuck, Colobus Monkey and Giraffe. June to February is the best time to ascend the mountain, although it may rain in November.
Ruaha National Park:
The best time to view predators and large mammals, is mid-May to December, which is the dry season.
Lake Manyara National Park:
Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Buffalo, and Zebra are all found here, in addition to many other game and bird species. The best time to come to Lake Manyara National Park is in the dry season from July to October, which is ideal for large mammal viewing.
Serengeti National Park:
In the language of the Maasai the word Serengeti means 'endless plain', and the 14 763 square km (5700 sq. miles) of park land in Northern Tanzania do indeed seem endless. Upon the grasslands of the Serengeti roam more game animals than anywhere in the world. There are over a million Wildebeest alone in the Serengeti.
The best time to visit the Serengeti is throughout the winter months of December to March, many of the animals are concentrated in the park's southern regions, near Ngorongoro.
During the spring months of May or June, the vast herds of Wildebeest and Zebra start to head west in search of water. The animals begin a circuitous migration that takes some of them to the shores of Lake Victoria, others to the northern areas and to Kenya's Maasai Mara park just across the border.
To see predators the best time is from June - October. Virtually every African game animal can be seen in the Serengeti; however, because the animals are more dispersed between July and November visitors should give themselves sufficient time to track them down.
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area:
The Ngorongoro Crater is a 19km (12 mile) wide volcanic crater, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs, a large lake, and a dazzling abundance of animals of all sorts.
The sunken cone of the extinct volcano serves as a natural cradle for the wildlife, which remains in the vicinity year-round. The best time to visit the crater is from January to March or July to December.