WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO ON SAFARI IN NORTHERN TANZANIA?
The Northern Tanzania safari circuit includes Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara and there is really no right or wrong time to visit these favorite destinations.
Here are a few things to consider...
During the dry season (late June to October) animals congregate near water sources, placing predators and their prey in close proximity making for excellent game viewing. Also, due to water shortages, the vegetation thins, improving visibility of animals. Thus people crowding can occur during this time.
If you wish to avoid crowds, you may elect to visit the parks of Northern Tanzania during the wet season.
While the wet season (November to May) does not produce the same level of animal interaction, the general game viewing is still good in all parks during that time.
The positives are the people crowds are gone and migratory birds have moved back into the area.
THE GREAT MIGRATION IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Every year around October, nearly two million wildebeest migrate from the northern hills to the southern plains, crossing the Mara River in search of water and pasturage. Six months later, after calving season in late January to February, they make their way back north via the western route, once again crossing the Mara River. This occurrence is sometimes referred to as "Circular Migration".
Best Time to Go on Safari
June to early November
June to early November are the driest months and also the most popular time of the year for safari.
Crowding can occur.
Great Wildebeest Migration starting in October.
November to mid-December
The short rainy season normally starts towards the back end of November and continues for 3-4 weeks. Generally rain is less persistent than during the main rains.
Short rainy season
January to March
The weather in the first few months after the short rainy season is generally warm and dry.
Wildebeest calving season late January to February.
Crowding can occur.
Dry season and excellent game viewing
April and May
The long rainy season in Tanzania normally occurs in April and May, although it has become more unpredictable in recent years.
Off season and quiet, some lodges close during this time.
Long rainy season