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What is the best time of year for a Tanzania safari?
Because Tanzania lies below the Equator, the coolest months occur during the northern hemisphere’s summer; however, the weather remains pleasant and comfortable all year. There really is no bad time for a Tanzania wildlife safari because game is good year-round (especially in the Serengeti and Tarangire) and the rains, which can be heavy, typically don’t last long.
January through March is typically the hotter season, providing excellent game watching in the parks. Days are very warm but nights are cool. This is the calving season in the Serengeti, and there’s tremendous birdlife in Tarangire.
April and May bring the long rains, which actually do not last long. Normally there are early morning showers but they clear up until late afternoon. The great migration begins heading north during this time.
June through October are the most pleasant months in terms of temperature and rainfall. Game watching is excellent during this time as well. These are also the coldest months for Ngorongoro Crater. The migration is moving into Kenya in June and back to Tanzania in October.
November and December see temperatures climbing again and bring the short rains. Game watching is excellent during this time. The migration has returned from Kenya and the animals are making their way to the Ndutu region of southern Serengeti.
Resident game is always good in Tanzania, no matter where you are. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, zebra, antelope, rhino and all the major and most minor animals can be found in good numbers in Tanzania any time of the year.