The Dry season that lasts from late June to October is the best time for wildlife viewing in Tanzania. You will have an opportunity to see the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti in June and July. The best time to see the wildebeest calving is from late January to February. The Dry season is the ideal time to visit the southern and western circuit parks, while northern circuit parks can be visited year-round. The only exception is Tarangire where wildlife viewing is better during the Dry season.
June to October –Dry Season
- The best months to see the wildebeest migration are June and July
- It’s easier to spot the animals since most of them gather around rivers and waterholes and there is less vegetation.
- The weather is sunny and the skies are clear. There are also fewer mosquitoes simply because there is little rain.
- Although many travelers like visiting circuits during the Dry season, the parks are not that crowded. The only exception is the Seronera area in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Mornings and nights are usually colder and you should pack warm clothing for morning drives, especially in June, July, and August.
November to May –Wet Season
- The best time to spot the calving in action in the southern Serengeti is from late January to February.
- Expect to find green and beautiful scenery. Low seasons means less crowded parks and lower rates.
- Although it is easier to spot wildlife during the Dry season, tourists will have an opportunity to spot wildlife in northern circuit parks.
- Bird watching is best and there are migratory birds all around
- Except for March, April, and May, the Wet season mostly brings afternoon showers.
- The peak of the Wet season runs from March to May.
- Wildlife viewing in Ruaha, Katavi, Selous is better during the dry season, as most big wildlife has already migrated to Tarangire NP.