Tanzania is a safari dream come true! Located on the east coast of Africa, this country has an abundance of environments to explore and wildlife to encounter: from flamingoes in Lake Manyara, to big tuskers in the Ngorongoro Crater and the great migration in the Serengeti. Tanzania is home to the highest mountain on the continent: Mount Kilimanjaro and some of the most celebrated beaches and pristine coral reefs in Africa across Zanzibar.
More than almost any other destination, Tanzania is the land of safaris. Wildebeest stampede across the plains. Hippos jostle for space in muddy waterways. Elephants wander along seasonal migration routes and chimpanzees swing through the treetops. Throughout the country there are unparalleled opportunities to experience this natural wealth: take a boat safari down the Rufiji River past snoozing crocodiles in Selous Game Reserve; watch giraffes silhouetted against ancient baobab trees in Ruaha National Park; sit motionless as waterbirds peck in the shallows around Rubondo Island; and hold your breath while lions pad around your vehicle in Ngorongoro Crater.
In Tanzania it is possible to stay in some of the more luxurious lodges in Africa, and herds of elephant and giraffe, as well as big cats, can be seen in both the north and south of the country. Zanzibar and its surrounding islands off the east coast of Tanzania have stunning white sand beaches and excellent coral reefs. The warm Indian ocean makes Zanzibar a perfect relaxing getaway, and a stunning change of scenery from Tanzania’s game reserves and national parks.
The best time to visit Tanzania is from June to October. Then the least precipitation falls. However, it is very busy during this period. Especially in the game parks. The animals have little green to hide behind during this dry period and fewer drinking places to quench their thirst. Moreover, it is not so stiflingly hot in Tanzania during this period. From March to May it rains a lot in Tanzania. More rain falls in November and December than in the rest of the year. A timeline can be seen in the overview below. The greener the box is by the month, the better it is to travel to this country in that period!