What is the best time of year to go on a safari?

The best times to go on a safari depends on what you are trying to see, as well as what your overall goals are during your visit.

For instance, November through mid-December, and mid-March through mid-May are considered the “off-peak season“. You’ll get better rates, and have to contend with fewer visitors during these times.

  • In mid-March through mid-May, you tend to see more showers because it is rainy season. However, these showers don’t last all day, and thus it can be a great time to avoid the crowds and save some money.
  • From November to mid-December is considered the “small” rainy season. You may get a few rain showers during your trip, but other than that it’s one of our most requested times of year to travel, because of the cost savings and relative lack of tourists.

Most of the rest of the year is what is known as “high-season”, which basically means more people and higher prices (along with clearer weather). But don’t let that scare you off from joining us the rest of the year–the parks are HUGE, and there is plenty of room for everyone.

Some other times of year you may wish to consider when planning your safari:

  • In February the great wildebeest migration is in the southern areas of the Serengeti, birthing their young by the thousands.
  • From mid-July through mid-September, the great wildebeest migration is in the northern areas of the Serengeti, crossing the Mara river on their way to Kenya. This is the imagery you’ve likely seen on television, where the herds cross en masse while crocodiles snatch the old, slow, young, and weak.
  • From mid-May to mid-October is the best time to visit Tarangire National Park, with the largest concentration of animals throughout the year.

Always remember that we are dealing with nature and weather, so nothing is ever absolute!

Check with us if you have specific time frames in mind for your travels and we can help you plan where to be so that you get the best possible game viewing experiences.

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