Best time to visit Serengeti in Tanzania

Best time to visit Serengeti

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When to visit Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park offers extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year – you just need to know when to go where to admire one of nature’s last remaining true spectacles: the Great Migration. For example, winter is the best time to see the herd in Southern Serengeti, while the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti are the best places to spend the summer and autumn months. It’s worth bearing in mind that - also in this part of the world - nature will be its unpredictable self. Hence, chance plays a big part in witnessing the iconic river crossing when two million animals cross a river with rapids jostling their bodies and crocs snapping at their hooves. That being said, when choosing the right part of the Serengeti in the right period, large herds are usually easily spotted and there is a fair chance of seeing a spectacular migrational movement.

Beyond the great migration

Although most travellers can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the wildebeest’s spectacular trek, Serengeti National Park has much more to offer. Golden-maned lions sunbathing on a rock, an elusive leopard chilling out on a branch of an acacia tree and a cheetah chasing a gazelle at full speed on the never-ending sunburnt plains - to name just a few of the Serengeti’s magical beasts.

Stay here for the ultimate Serengeti experience

Unique spectacles such as the Great Trek can attract quite a lot of spectators, and you might experience the heart of the migration to be a bit crowded – with human species that is. Therefore it is worth considering staying in two different parts of the park. One set in the heart of the migration and one located in a more quiet and remote area where you will be able to truly experience “the wild” in one of Africa’s most wonderful places. These parts are also teeming with wildlife as most predators and many other species are strongly territorial and do not stray from their core territory.

Seasonal Serengeti

Most travellers pick the dry season (which takes place from late June to October) for a safari in the Serengeti National Park. Animals gather around rivers and waterholes to quench their thirst. The Great Migration is at its absolute prime and your chances of witnessing an iconic river crossing are at their best. Most lodges will remain open during the more tranquil ‘wet season’ when the rains turn the dry landscape into a lush, green oasis and the birthing season begins. Here are some pros and cons for the wet and dry season.

June to October - Dry season


  • The thick bush thins out and wildlife is easier to spot.
  • Animals will gather around the rivers and waterholes.
  • Expect bright days and lots of sunshine with afternoon temperatures around 25°C / 77°F.
  • Less chance of malaria, since there are fewer mosquitoes.
  • June and July: the heart of the migration is in the Western Corridor.
  • August to October: the heart of the migration is in the Northern Serengeti.
  • Cons:

  • The park gets quite crowded around the Seronera area.
  • It gets relatively cold at night and early in the morning with minimum temperatures around 14°C / 57°F.
  • Occasional cold fronts are possible, with temperatures close to freezing.

  • November to May - Wet season


  • Late January to February is the time to see the calving in the Southern Serengeti – an excellent time to see predator action.
  • A lush and green landscape.
  • Fewer tourists and lower rates, especially in April and May.
  • Birdwatching is at its best.
  • From November to February, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip.
  • Cons:

  • March to May is the peak of the wet season; It tends to rain most days, although seldom for the whole day. It is often cloudy.
  • In March and April it is not possible to see the migration.
  • January to March can be crowded around the Seronera area.

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