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Best Time To Visit Tanzania

When to go to Tanzania

Tanzania is a year-round destination. Daytime temperatures range between 20- 35°C. The long rains fall in April and May; the short rains fall in November. Optimal times for game viewing are specific to each area, although in general the popular time to go is in the dry season which falls between June and October. It can be chilly during this period as it's winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so take a warm clothes for early morning game drives. The migration is best seen December-July.

When to go to Tanzania - Climate Chart

Getting there

The main access points of Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, best from London on British Airways and Kenya Airways direct flights via Nairobi. There are a number of services from the rest of UK via Europe and the Middle East. The remainder of the internal connections are generally by scheduled light aircraft flights, giving ease of connection between northern Tanzania and Zanzibar / Western Tanzania or southern Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours


Visas are required for Tanzania and Zanzibar. British citizens can purchase visas at point of entry for $50.


Passengers arriving from a yellow fever zone, such as Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, require a vaccination certificate on entry. There are no other compulsory health requirements. Tanzania is a malarial area and precautions should be taken. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS website for details of recommended vaccinations for your destination.

Why go on holiday to Tanzania

Our East Africa team says that for world-class game viewing, genuine cultural interaction and knock-out scenery, Tanzania is right at the top of any safari destination list. The less explored, southern and western reserves are the places to experience true wilderness, where in some areas it’s said lions outnumber people.

For more travel advice on Tanzania, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

See example holidays to Tanzania or ring our knowledgeable East Africa team for help and advice on 020 7666 1250.

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