Kenya & Tanzania Safari Seasons

African Safari Seasons

Low Season

Best value for accommodation and safari vehicle expenses.

  • April 1st - June 15th

Mid Season

Accommodation and safari vehicle expenses are approximately 20%-25% greater than Low Season.

  • January 1st - January 31st
  • March 1st - March 31st
  • June 16st - June 30th
  • November 1st - December 21st

Peak Season

Accommodation and Safari vehicle expenses are approximately 20%-25% greater than Mid Season, 40-50% greater than Low Season.

  • February 1st - February 28th
  • July 1st - October 31st
  • June 16st - June 30th
  • December 22nd - December 31st

Wet and Dry Seasons

  • The dry months are usually January through March, June through October, and mid-November through mid-December.
  • Rainy periods usually occur in months April through June.
  • Mid-December through January can be either wet or dry.

Visiting Kenya

A giraffe on safari.

When a safari guest visits Kenya during the rainy season, they will normally experience rain falling in the late afternoon, preceded by bright, sunny days. During July and August, the mornings are usually cool. In addition to the evening rains, you might experience overcast ski's especially in the morning hours.

There are two primary rainy seasons on the central African east coast. The first rainy season normally takes place between April and June. Most Kenyans call this timeframe the long rain period. The shorter rainy season usually takes place from late November through December.

It has been stated that the optimal time for a Kenya safari is when the animals are easy to find and in dense numbers. The density and diversity of wildlife is at its height with the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnu's occurring on the Mara plains. Along with these mighty animals, predators are seen stalking close behind them. In the opinion of our Once In A Lifetime Safari guides, the best time to see this Kenya wonderful wildlife extravaganza is during the months from July through October.

When there is a Kenya drought or lack of water during dry seasons, the animals tend to gather in more concentrated numbers. It is not unusual to view many different types of species around permanent water holes, rivers and lakes. This creates a fantastic viewing opportunity for a Kenya Safari explorer. When there is a lack of water, vegetation is less lush and in small size providing the explorer a better-quality of viewing experience from a distance is much than when the grass is taller.

Visiting Tanzania

While visiting Tanzania, Safari adventures might want to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration. Tanzania's northern region consists of the Serengeti plain and Ngorongoro crater which provides the best migration viewing. The Wildebeest migration in Tanzania normally occurs during the months of February through March. During this period, wildebeest and zebra have their young which will allow for a wonderful viewing experience. It is also noted that during this time period carnivore predators are at the highest number.

Wildebeast migration.

Tanzania's dry season occurs June through November and is usually the best time to visit the Northern parks within the country. It is also a good time to visit Tanzania's Southern Parks, most of the regions animals tend to congregate around permanent water holes.

As with other location throughout Africa's East central region, Tanzania's parks experience monsoonal rains. These heavier afternoon/evening rains generally fall from March to May in the Northern Tanzania and from November to May in the South and West regions of the country. December through March are the hottest and humid months of the year. This hot and humid weather is especially prevalent in Western and Southern regions of Tanzania.

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