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Tanzania

January Overview

An all-round great month to travel to Tanzania as January is in the short dry season. In the safari areas the short rains of November are a thing of the past and the vegetation is thinning out again in earnest, making for excellent wildlife viewing conditions. The main herds of the Great Migration spread out to graze across the southern Serengeti's lush short-grass plains.

The coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, are experiencing blissful sunshine and warm temperates. You can expect daytime highs to be in excess of 30 degrees Celsius. 

February Overview

An excellent month to travel to Tanzania although February can get very hot. In the safari areas the bush is becoming more and more open and the vegetation is low: perfect for spotting wildlife. The herds of the Great Migration are spread out across the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti and most calf in a 2-3 week window. 

The coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, are experiencing blissful sunshine and warm temperates. You can expect daytime highs to be in excess of 30 degrees Celsius. 

March Overview

March can be a good month to travel if you like to get away from the crowds and benefit from shoulder season pricing. The threat of rain is on the increase as Tanzania's long rains typically start towards the end of March. The herds of the Great Migration are still spread over the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti, Loliondo and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, some of the beach lodges will start to close towards the end of the month.

April Overview

April is the wettest month of the year and in the midst of Tanzania's long rainy season. The main herds  of the Great Migration start making their way north, through Moru Kopjes and the central Seronera areas of the Serengeti. Many of the safari camps in the south will close for April.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, there will be high humidity and many of the beach lodges will be closed.

May Overview

May is the second wettest month of the year and in the middle of long rainy season. Typically a very rainy month with afternoon downpours to be expected.  The migrating herds of zebra & wildebeest are heading north through Seronera towards Grumeti and the Western Corridor. Many of the safari camps in the south will be closed.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the rain continues as the temperatures start to reduce a little.

June Overview

The start of long dry season with sunny days and clear skies. In the safari areas, the vegetation can be thick so it's not always the ideal month for wildlife viewing and the grasses can be too high for walking safaris. The herds of the Great Migration amass in the western corridor, grouping together before crossing the Grumeti River as they continue to move north. 

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, beach weather returns and the beach lodges open up again.

July Overview

July is in the middle of the long dry season and the landscape is beautiful, green and lush: one of the best times to go to Tanzania. Vegetation in the safari areas is thinning out so wildlife viewing is getting better and better. The migrating herds split as many cross the Grumeti River and head west through Grumeti Reserve with others head further north.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the dry season is now in full swing and July is one of the very best months to travel. 

August Overview

August is one of the best months to travel to Tanzania in terms of the weather. The days are warm and the nights are getting cooler. The bush is becoming increasingly more open as the vegetation thins out, which makes great wildlife viewing conditions. The herds of the Great Migration pass through Ikorongo and into the far north-west of the Serengeti: some will start crossing into Kenya's Maasai Mara.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the dry season is in full swing and August is one of the very best months to visit.

September Overview

Septemer is a fantastic month to travel to Tanzania. Great weather, similar to July and August, perfect wildlife viewing conditions and tourist numbers are starting to drop as you move through the month. The migrating herds can be found in the far north of the Serengeti as well as in Kenya's Maasai Mara.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the weather should be beautiful: much the same as July and August. 

October Overview

Generally October is very dry although temperatures are on the rise and the enhance of rain is on the increase by the end of the month. October can be sensational for game viewing as wildlife becomes increasingly concentrated around the remaining water sources. The herds of the Great Migration are typically in Kenya's Maasai Mara, although some good grazing may still be left in the far north of the Serengeti. 

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, October is vernally very dry and pleasant although temperatures are rising. The chance of rain is on the increase towards the end of the month. 

November Overview

The start of the short rains, which usually last for the month of November. Travelling to Tanzania's safari areas is still possible but the chance of rain needs to be noted. The migrating herds of the Great Migration are moving south through Loliondo, on the eastern side of Serengeti National Park.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the short rains begin around the start of the month.

December Overview

The short rains are usually coming to an end by the end of December so it can be a great time to travel. A fresh touch of green after the rains makes Tanzania's landscape very beautiful. The herds of the Great Migration are arriving on the east side of the short-grass plains, in time for the rains.

In the coastal areas, including the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago, the short rains typically end towards the end of the month.

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