When 2 Go To Tanzania

Location Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
NORTH:
Arusha NP
Lake Manyara
Ngorongoro
Serengeti
Tarangire
Weather: Price: Popularity: Periodic Rains
Costs are elevated
Busy. Many lodges book full
Rainy Season*
Costs are reduced
Slow. Few travelers
Rains End Medium costs
More busy
Dry Season
Costs are elevated
Busy. Many lodges book full
Dry Season
Medium costs
Not as busy but still busy
Short Rains*
Medium costs
Slower
Rains end
Peak holiday
Full holiday
SOUTH:
Mikumi
Ruaha
Selous Undzungwa
Weather: Price: Popularity: Rainy Season
Costs are reduced at selected locations
Some camps closed. Fewer travelers
Rains end Regular costs More busy Dry Season
High Season. Costs are elevated/regular (the South has higher priced accommodations than the North)
Busy. Many lodges book full.
WEST:
Gombe
Katavi
Mahale
Weather: Price: Popularity: Short Dry Season
Costs are reduced
Second best time to visit
Long Rainy Season*
Costs are reduced
Some camps closed
Dry Season
Costs are elevated (the West has higher priced accommodations than the North)
Peak Season. Most recommended time to visit
Short Rains*
Cost reduced
Fewer travelers
Rain ends Cost reduced Fewer travelers
ZANZIBAR Weather: Price: Popularity: Tropical. Hot & Humid
High Season
Busy. Many lodges book full
Rainy Season
Costs are reduced
Slower
Tropical. Hot & Humid
High Season
Busy. Many lodges book full
Tropical. Hot & Humid
Peak Season
Very Busy. Lodges full
Rains begin
Medium costs
Slower
Short Rains
Medium costs
Slower
Tropical
Peak holiday
Full holiday

*When it rains in Tanzania, it pours, for about an hour, usually in the late afternoon and the rest of the day it is sunny. Essentially, during the rainy season, it is cooler, cheaper and there are fewer visitors in the parks.

Consider this table, but focus just as much on your personal situation ­when is the best time for you to go? If your exact dates are flexible you will have a better chance of getting the best rates (on flights). Once you have arrival and departure dates, we can fill ­in between with a customized itinerary.

If you are doing a Northern safari followed by some time in Zanzibar, it would be best to fly into Kilimanjaro (JRO) and out of Dar es Salaam (DAR). However, we can work your particular inbound/outbound international flight logistics within the East Africa.


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