What Is The Best Time For A Safari In Kenya & Tanzania?

When you’re considering of embarking on an epic African Safari Tours, then Kenya and Tanzania must be the two foremost countries that you’ll be picturing in your mind. These two countries have some of the most famous safari destinations in the world and together host the Great Migration, the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world.

So with some research you might have almost finalized the two countries as your destination stop, but just not so sure about timing. As we’ve said in the past, the time to visit a major tourist destination is as important as the destination itself. So if you’re stuck with this dilemma, this article is for you.

Well, to be frank with all of our readers, the answer to this question is very subjective and depends on your exact destination and purpose in East Africa.

However, the generalize things, taking two to three things into consideration; you can arrive at that’d be ideal for your trip. These are:

  • What You Want To See
  • Parks You’ll Be Visiting
  • Season And Climate

What You Want To See

The perfect timing depends primarily on what you want to see while you’re in Tanzania Safari & Kenya Safari. From your initial research you must know that both Tanzania and Kenya has colossal amount of sightseeing opportunities up under their sleeves. So being perfectly clear on what you want to see will subsequently help you narrow down your visiting months.

The timing if you are going to see The Great Migration (either in Kenya or Tanzania) will be completely or partially different if you are combining your visit along with one of the other attractions of the place, like Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. To simplify the process further, you will have to take into account the relative merits of each.

To get started, write down the things you’d want to see. Be very specific about it as these are the things you’d be seeing when you land in there. Once you’re done, go over them multiple times before finalizing it. After you’re confident enough with the list, compare it with the national parks where they’re most likely to be seen. This will finalize a list of national parks you’d need to visit to see the stuff you want.

For example, if seeing the Great Migration is your goal, then here’s a subsection devoted to that.

The Best Time To See The Great Migration

If you are especially interested in viewing The Great Migration, you will have to be very diligent about the time of your visit. The Serengeti National Park, being larger, offers a better time frame for getting the best sight of this event. You can visit the different regions of the Serengeti. Particularly helpful are the following time ranges:

  • Southern Serengeti – December to April
  • Central and west Serengeti – May to early July
  • Northern Serengeti – late July to November

On the other hand, Maasai Mara National Reserve gives you a chance to view the Great Migration from late July until the end of October.

Parks You’ll Be Visiting

As we’ve pointed out earlier, parks you’ll be visiting will have an impact on your time of visit. As not all parks are created equal, one particular national park in a particular month will give you a different experience in another month. So having a list of national parks you’ll be visiting (you can use the list that you’ve prepared earlier) and consulting with your tour operator will give you a better clarity on the visiting dates.

Season and Climate

Also take into consideration the seasons. There are broadly two seasons in both Tanzania and Kenya: dry and rainy. Each season here has its advantages and disadvantages and each destination has its best moments. The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania Safaris are the dry season months which are from late June to mid October. For Kenya Safari, it is the same dry season.

Weather Considerations For Tanzania & Kenya Safari

Kenya’s Climate:

  • January – clear hot days and warm nights.
  • February – long dry season allowing for good diving conditions.
  • March – Hot, humid weather with mostly clear sky.
  • April – temperatures drop after few days of rain.
  • May – vegetation flourishes, which makes game viewing difficult.
  • June – cloudy, cooler weather.
  • July – cool season sets in and wildebeest start arriving at the Maasai Mara.
  • August – Great Migration fills the Mara plains.
  • September – clear skies. Hot, dry weather follows with little chance of rain.
  • October – still hot and mostly dry.
  • November – Short rainy season.
  • December – rain has ended and landscapes look their best with wildlife grazing the land. The tourist season is at its peak.

Tanzania’s Climate:

  • January & February – The rainy season abruptly stops. Towards the end the rains build up and the period is known as the “Long Rains”.
  • March, April & May – These are the wettest months and it tends to rain heavily and constantly every day. The northern areas are particularly cloudy. This period is known as the “Long Rains”
  • June to October – Tanzania experiences very low rainfall during this period. Known as the dry season, days are bright and sunny. June is the coldest month in Tanzania.
  • November & December – A month of rains whose timing is unpredictable? These are known as the ‘short rains’ and this weather doesn’t interfere with your safari experience.

After you’ve gone through the three steps, you’ll surely come with a month that’s more than suitable for you and fulfils all your requirements.

Whatever time you decide to go, do ensure that you are adequately prepared and equipped with all the necessary items required for African Safari Tours. Do read up about what to expect and what not to, have had your immunization shots, and have booked a trip with a good agency that’s in the business for a significant period of time. Go through Best Time To Visit Tanzania & Best Time To Visit Kenya now.

Gorilla Trips has been operating since 20 years now and has facilitated hundreds of tour and trips to Tanzania and Kenya and also to Rwanda and Uganda, covering most of East Africa. If you’d want to book an African Safari Tour for seeing Great Migration or other activities in Africa, please Contact Us for more information and we’d be happy to help.

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