Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Tanzania safari is where you’ll see the phenomenal Great Migration, when 1.5m wildebeest take to the road, following the rains in search of green pastures. This is once-in-a-lifetime stuff and one of the greatest natural events on the planet - a spectacle as such will make for a truly unforgettable safari, unlike any other.
Northern Circuit Safaris starts in Arusha, usually by car, though it is popular to fly either to the Serengeti National Park, or the way back. The International airport, serving the Northern Circuit (and Kilimanjaro) is Kilimanjaro International Airport – KIA for short. KIA is about half way between Arusha Town and Moshi Town.
Southern Circuit Safaris includes some of the most remarkable and less visited sights in Tanzania. There are fewer tourists because it is less well known than the Northern Circuit. Yours will frequently be the only vehicle on the landscape, and it is easy to imagine that the rest of the world no longer exists as you marvel at the incredible sights of this remarkable area.
Usually start from Dar es Salaam, reaching Dar is easiest by plane. The safaris easily connect to the Deep South, Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba. These areas can be reached by ferry or by plane.
Western Circuit Safaris presents a unique opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and enter the hear of the bush. You can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains and trek through breathtaking forests. Katavi is exceptional for hippo and lion.
You can also visit the great lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa (Malawi) and Lake Rukwa.
Our guests can be confident that regardless of what kind of adventure they’re looking for, we know what will make it work.
Best Time to Visit – Tanzania
The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the Dry season as well.
If you’re planning a dream trip to Tanzania, arriving at the right time of year is important. The best time of year to visit the country depends on what you want to see and do, as well as the length of your trip. You may also want to consider variables such as tourism numbers, budget, and weather.
June – October, Dry Season
Rainfall around the country is minimal with temperatures also dropping, meaning you might experience chilly overnight conditions from time to time. These months are peak season for tourism. However with such a large area, you’ll find there’s plenty of room for everybody. If you visit the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater, you might find that it is busier as they are such amazing attractions.
One of the best things about these months is you can visit all of the national parks, as conditions will be suitable for spotting game. Dry season is the best season for game in Tanzania, as the number of water sources is low therefore animals congregate in higher numbers. The southern and western parks have fewer tourists.
November – May, Wet Season
These months are considered to be the wet season, with long rainy days between March and May, and afternoon showers from November to February. In the latter part of rainy season, the rains shouldn’t affect your travels too much. The national parks are bursting with greenery, which is beautiful to look at but it can make wildlife viewing trickier. However, the northern national parks are great year round.
January and February is the peak calving season in the Serengeti, bringing in predators; nature at its finest.
If you like birdwatching, the wet season is the best time to visit Tanzania, as migratory birds are passing through.
Viewing Wildlife in the Serengeti
The wildebeest migration along with zebras, gazelles, elands and impalas can be seen throughout the year in Tanzania, as long as you’re in the right place. Fortunately, they are predictable so if this is a bucket-list item, you’ll be able to tick this one off. The Serengeti is the most famous place to see migration; the best sightings are January and February for calving season and between June and September.
The departure dates for all our African safaris and tours, packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed info on safaris, tours and travel packages into Tanzania.
NORTHERN CIRCUIT SAFARIS
- 2 Days Safari (Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara)
- 3 Days Safari (Lake Manyara, Tarangire & Ngorongoro)
- 4 Days Safari (Serengeti, Ngorogongo, Lake Manyara)
- 5 Days Safari (Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorogongo)
- 6 Days Safari (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater)
- 6 Days Migration Safari
- 7 Days Safari (Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro)
- 8 Days Safari (Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro)
SOUTHERN CIRCUIT SAFARIS
- 2 Days Safari (Ruaha National Park)
- 2 Days Safari (Mikumi National Park)
- 3 Days Safari (Selous Game Reserve)
- 3 Days Safari (Ruaha National Park)
- 3 Days Safari (Mikumi National Park)
- 4 Days Safari (Mikumi National Park)
- 4 Days Safari (Selous Game Reserve)
- 5 Days Safari (Selous Game Reserve & Mikumi National Park)
- 5 Days Safari (Mikumi National Park & Selous Game Reserve)