January is shoulder season in Tanzania, meaning you can expect thinner crowds at popular safari spots and some good deals on accommodation and flights. The weather is generally hot, and although there will be a chance of rain, this is an excellent month to visit if you'd like to see baby wildebeest and have fair conditions for safari activities.
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February is shoulder season for travel to Tanzania, so this month offers a comfortable mix of thinner crowds, lower prices, and great sights and activities. The weather is generally hot, and although there's a chance of rain, this is more common at night. From seeing baby wildebeest in the parks of the north to blooming orchids in those of the south, beach vacations to mountain climbing, there are many good reasons to travel to Tanzania in February.
March is the start of one of Tanzania's low seasons for tourism, with increasing rain and humidity. But if you visit earlier in the month and hone in on particular national parks and wildlife-viewing activities, you can still have a great time in Tanzania this month. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in March.
April is the low season for travel to Tanzania, as the heavy rains of the long rainy season set in. While travelers wanting to spot the Big Five on safari or lounge on a Tanzanian beach might want to choose a different month to travel, lovers of birds are in luck. April and May are the best months for birdwatching. Read on to find out more about traveling to Tanzania in April.
May is the low season for travel to Tanzania as it's part of the long rainy season. Visitors in May should expect heavy rain and difficulty getting around the country. However, if you're a keen bird watcher, this is an ideal month to visit as birdwatching is said to be at its best in Tanzania in the long rainy season. Find out more about traveling to Tanzania in May below.
The wet weather of the long rainy season draws to a close in early June when Tanzania's peak season for travel begins. Drier conditions are excellent for a range of outdoor activities, from wildlife-spotting safaris to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Read on to learn more about traveling to Tanzania in June.
July is peak season for travel to Tanzania because the conditions are perfect for spotting wildlife on a safari. The Great Migration occurs across the plains and up toward Kenya, so you can see the Big Five (and many other species) on the move. July is also an excellent time for a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Find out more about travel to Tanzania in July.
August is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari in many regions of the country. Active travelers can also attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while those seeking a more chilled-out vacation will love Zanzibar's beaches. Read on for more information about travel to Tanzania in August.
September is peak season for travel to Tanzania. Drier, cooler conditions make it a great time to go on safari, while clear skies and waters make Zanzibar an appealing destination for beach lovers and divers. Active travelers may want to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. Find out more about traveling to Tanzania in September below.
October is the end of the peak season in Tanzania. Earlier in the month, the weather will be dry, but by late October, the rains of the short rainy season begin, and trade winds blow. It's still a good time to spot a variety of animals and birds around the country, as long as you're prepared for more changeable weather. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in October.
November is the start of Tanzania's "short rains" season and a shoulder season for travel. It tends to only rain for a short time each day, and it's still a great time to go birdwatching or see the start of the Great Migration of wildebeest in the north. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Tanzania in November.
December is shoulder season for travel in Tanzania, with a busier peak around the Christmas and New Year period. Although there's some rain about, it's still a lovely time to enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar, to go on safari in the glorious national parks, or even to have a go at scaling Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.