Tanzania safaris in the dry season : Wildlife viewing around Tanzania is an activity which can be carried out during any month of the year. The dry season however is considered the best time to take part in safaris in Tanzania. The months of the year which are in the dry season include June, July, August, September, October and also January and February.

Apart from the dry season, Tanzania also experiences the rainy season which takes place from March, April to May and also around November and December. There is a short rainy season and also the long rainy season experienced in Tanzania.

During the dry season it is also considered a high season during safaris and many tourists visit the different destinations around Tanzania. It is also characterized by high prices, cool and dry weather and also many tourists visiting Tanzania.

Tanzania safaris in the dry season
wildebeest migration

The dry season in Tanzania is also a good time to engage in many other activities during safaris such as hiking and also beach holidays. Visiting Zanzibar island can also be combined with a tour of the wildlife viewing destinations of Tanzania like the national parks and reserves found in different parts of the country such as in the northern, southern, western and central regions.

When deciding whether to travel to Tanzania in the dry season or in the rainy season, the things you want to see around the country will also affect the time of travel. For example during safaris in Tanzania if you are interested in seeing the calving season, you can choose the months from January to March which is also a good time to see many predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs. During the calving season over 8,000 wildebeest calves are born in the southern part of Serengeti national park around the Ndutu area.

The dry season in Tanzania is also a good time to see the wildebeest migration in Serengeti national park. This migration takes place annually and during the months of July and August, the river crossings take place along the Mara river in the northern part of Serengeti. The wildebeest migration also takes place in other parts of Serengeti national park including the western Serengeti where river crossings take place along the Grumeti river, the southern part of Serengeti national park where the calving or birthing season takes place and also in the central part of Serengeti national park which is also referred to as the Seronera area.

During the dry season in Tanzania, the scenery is also good for nature walks and other activities like game drives around the national parks of Tanzania. It is also a good time of the year to take photos of the vast savannah plains and other attractions around the country and on a clear day also enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro from neighboring towns like Arusha and Moshi.

Hikes around Tanzania in destinations like Mount Kilimanjaro are also best done in the dry season due to the good weather that makes it easier to enjoy the scenery and views around the mountain and the trails are also in good condition during the dry season.

Tanzania safaris in the dry season
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Hot air balloon safari rides are also best carried out during the dry season when visiting Tanzania. During the dry season, the wildebeest herds can also be spotted from the hot air balloons and the aerial views of the plains below can be seen during this activity as a result of the clear skies.

When it comes to wildlife viewing in Tanzania, the dry season is also a time when wildlife species are known to gather around water sources around the national parks and reserves to drink which makes them easy to see during safaris. Wildlife species which can be seen during tours around Tanzania include the big five like elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos as well as other animals like waterbucks, wildebeests, antelopes, zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, hyenas, kudu, bushbucks, monkeys, baboons and so many others.

In the southern part of Tanzania, a range of activities can be carried out during safaris in the dry season including walking safaris, bating and other wildlife viewing experiences. Safaris in the southern part of the country offer off the track game viewing experiences including guided nature walks.

The Zanzibar island which is also a popular safari destination in Tanzania has the best tours and beach holiday experiences during the dry season from June to October which favors activities like diving, snorkeling, swimming among others carried out around the island throughout the year. The dry season has the best weather for relaxing at the beach which makes it also a good time to visit the white sand beaches of Zanzibar island like Kendwa beach, Nungwi beach, Paje beach, Jambiani beach, Kizimkazi beach, Pongwe beach, Kiwengwa beach among others.

Tanzania safaris in the dry season
Zanzibar Island

As much as the dry season is considered the best time for safaris to Tanzania, even in the rainy season, there is a lot to experience when visiting destinations around the country. One of the good things about visiting during the rainy season which is also the low season is that the number of tourists is few as compared to the dry season which makes it a good time to avoid crowds of tourists during wildlife viewing. The vegetation is also lush during the rainy season and it is also a good time for photography. Activities like bird watching are also best done during the rainy season which is a time when migratory birds are present in Tanzania.

Each month of the year when visiting Tanzania offers a unique experience during safaris around the country.

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