When to go to the Serengeti

The Serengeti When To Go; Best Time To Go To The Serengeti


When going on holiday to Tanzania the chances are the aim of the trip is to either go for a safari, or to the beach or both. As a general rule of thumb, the best time to be in Tanzania on safari is in the dry season from July – October when the weather is dry and sunny. As the parks dry out, the bushes become less dense and the animals are easier to spot because of this, but also because they are forced to congregate to the remaining water holes. There are short rains in November (which sometimes trickle through into December, January and March) before the long rains which come in April and May. However, this is not to say December, January and February are not still excellent times to be in Tanzania…

The Serengeti is a difficult place to decide when to go to! The average temperature is late 20’s throughout the year so it is never really too hot or too cold – so this is not the issue. If you don’t want to be rained on then it is best to travel in the dry season months between June and October where there is significantly less rainfall than the other months of the year. Definitely avoid March, April and May if you don’t want to be rained on. You could experience short afternoon showers in November, December, January and February but nothing that will affect the wildlife viewing too much. The huge plains are absolutely teeming with life in the Serengeti, and as such some people do like to travel in the rainier months – you may get stuck in the mud every now and then but you will still have an unbelievable safari and at a quarter of the price as in high season… It’s all part of the adventure!

Another huge consideration if the location and concentration of the Great Wildebeest Migration at any given time of year. Generally, the two best times to see them is in the dry season from July – Late October when they are crossing the mighty Mara River in the north of the park, and also in February (and January and the beginning of March) in the southern Ndutu area where you get those iconic scenes of endless plains dotted with millions of wildebeest. The months in between are slightly more unpredictable, as with rain they disperse as there is plentiful grass and their route is therefore less fixed. If you are unsure, please do give us a call – The Great Migration can be a difficult thing to get to grips with.

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 292929282727262728292828
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 161616161615141515161616
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 888788888888
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 13131621167677101615
Rainfall (mm) 79101130156893413285471117106


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