Best Time to Travel to Tanzania
There are a number of factors to take into account when considering what time of year to visit Tanzania even though all year around is possible to visit the country since most of the roads are all weathered and especially the one coming up from Ngorongoro Crater.
The main tourist season starts from June to October, as the weather at this time of year is generally considered to be the best — hot and dry. It’s also when you’ll find the largest concentrations of birdlife on the Rift Valley lakes – Lake Manyara and Lake Natron and the animals in the game parks in Ngorongoro and Tarangire tend to congregate more around the watercourses as other sources dry up, making them easier to spot. This time of the year when you will witness the Great Serengeti Migration.
Nowhere else will you see wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and antelope in such concentrations. The wildebeest, of which there are up to two million, is the chief herbivore of the Serengeti and also the main prey of the large carnivores such as lions and hyenas. The wildebeest are well known for the annual migration which they undertake- a trek with many hazards, not least of which is the crossing of large rivers, which can leave hundreds drowned, maimed or taken by a crocodile.
During the long rains (from March to May) and the short rains (from October to December) things are much quieter — places tend to be less full and accommodation prices come down. The rains generally don’t affect your ability to get around and see things and this could be the best time for budget travellers to visit the country. It is just that you may well get rained on, and this will happen especially in the late afternoon or early morning.