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Best Time to Do a Serengeti Safari (Tanzania)

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At a Glance:
  • Best time: June-September
  • Best weather: June-October (dry)
  • Worst weather: March-April (wet)
  • High season: July-March
  • Low Season: April-May 
The Serengeti in Tanzania has earned a deserved reputation as one of Africa’s best places to spot wildlife on a safari. One of the reasons is that there are no bad times to visit the Serengeti, and there’s always something to see! There are advantages though to going in either the wet or dry season depending on your preferences.

The dry season extends from June through October, during which time the park can get a bit crowded in the popular Seronera area. Otherwise, explorers enjoy sunny, dry days with a very low malaria risk due to fewer mosquitoes. Mornings and nights can get pretty cold, so it’s advisable to pack warmer winter clothing for the early morning game drives in the open-air vehicles. During the Serengeti dry season, animals are easier to spot as the sparse vegetation and scarce water drives them to congregate around the watering holes. This makes it exponentially easier for the safari guides to track them meaning you’ll be sure to see a wide variety of wildlife. If seeing the great wildebeest migration is a highlight for your trip, be sure to visit in the dry season!

Wildebeest
Perhaps one of the most majestic and powerful herd animals that you will spot on the Serengeti is the wildebeest. You will likely see these impressive giants no matter when you go, but a few times of the year are especially spectacular:
  • Best time to see wildebeest calving: January & February 
  • Best time to see wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River: June & July
  • Best time to see wildebeest crossing the Mara River: September
During the wet season, from November through May, short afternoon storms bring the foliage into verdant shades of green and migratory birds travel through the Serengeti. This is the perfect time to take out your camera and get some gorgeous pictures of the expansive wild lands around you. Rain showers last longer during the peak month of March and the following months of April and May but usually don’t affect trips. If you’re planning on going during the wet season and don’t mind a bit of rain, go between March and April when the parks are likely to be less crowded. Since this coincides with the calving season, it’s not only likely to see newborn animals but it’s also probable that there will be some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to view predator action. 

Best Times to Visit Other Sites in Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro Crater: Great destination all year 
  • Tarangire National Park: July-October (wet season: December-May)
If you’re looking for the perfect trip to Tanzania and more information about the aforementioned parks, be sure to check out Adventure Life’s website. It has lots of information and travel experts who will find the perfect accommodations for you, regardless of your schedule!

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