Tanzania is home to an array of world-famous national parks including the Serengeti, as well as captivating spectacles such as The Great Migration, Ngorongoro Crater and the Big 5 - and with Zanzibar just a short scenic flight away, some of the finest safari beach itineraries in Africa.
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When to visit
January is mostly dry and hot. There is chance of short showers and the ground is noticeably green post the November rains. The migration's calving season on the Ndutu Plains in Southern Serengeti begins - a time when predator activity is very high.
February sees temperatures peak on Zanzibar and the migration is still on the Ndutu Plains. February is one of the optimal months for trekking Kilimanjaro, being on safari and visiting Zanzibar.
The migration starts heading North and temperatures are still high. As the month progresses there is a higher chance of rain as Tanzania enters the long wet season.
Heavy rain. Travelling in this period is not advised.
The rains calm as the month progresses. A good time for low season rates.
The dry season begins, the tracks dry up and The Great Migration can be found around the Grumeti River.
Perfect safari conditions as The Great Migration starts to move North to the Mara River.
Optimum conditions. The Great Migration moves further North and the Mara River crossings begin!
It starts to get warmer as The Great Migration splits between Kenya and Tanzania.
The Migration starts to aim South into a yellow grassed Serengeti.
November is the start of the short rainy season. November and early December are both part of the low season, although most lodges remain open. Showers are mostly short and confined to the evening.
Rain and good weather all rolled into one. The short wet season ends towards in later December. The Great Migration is largely in Eastern Serengeti moving South, and it is a great time to visit Zanzibar.