Tanzania in January

Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons and two dry seasons: the short dry season runs from late January to early March, and the long dry season from June to October. In between are the short rains of November to January and long rains from late March to May with April being an extremely wet and challenging month to get around.

The dry season in Tanzania runs from June to October

The country’s parks and attractions are at their busiest during the long dry season months of June to September with July and August (European and American summer holidays) being the most hectic. The shoulder season months of May and October/November, as well as the short dry season in February and early March, offer exciting alternatives and are recommended times to explore Tanzania.

Tanzania in January is generally a busy time for the game parks

Many visitors to Tanzania want to coincide their visit with seeing the migration, but it is worth noting that you can view the migration during any month of the year – you just need to travel to the appropriate area within the greater Serengeti ecosystem to find the wildebeest herds.

January marks the end of the short rains and tends to be quite green and wet. The lush, green vegetation looks fantastic at this time of year with migrant birds bolstering resident populations. January is a good month for ornithologists, as well as those safari goers who place scenery and solitude over wildlife abundance and safari companionship. For the migration, head to the southern plains of the Serengeti to coincide with the wildebeest calving season.

January is calving season in Tanzania


Our Recommended Itinerary

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

day 1

Arusha and your arrival
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

day 2

Onwards to Tarangire, the perfect start

day 3

Elephant and so much more

day 4

Lake Manyara and the rim of the Crater
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

day 5

Full day on the Crater floor

day 6

Lake Ndutu and the southern plains
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)
  • Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

day 7

The Great Migration, it is hard to imagine

day 8

day 9

Big cat country

day 10

Make sure you find leopard

day 11

Fly Home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Tanzania health insurance

Make sure to obtain comprehensive travel and international medical insurance, which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check the fine print for any exclusions, making sure that your policy covers you for all the activities, such as scuba diving or climbing Kilimanjaro, which you wish to…

Wildlife in Tanzania

It is unusual to meet anyone who has been on safari to Tanzania and not explored the northern region. Dominated by the annual wildebeest (and zebra) migration, visitors are blown away by the prolific herds of plains game that also include large numbers of topi, eland and gazelles. Predators are abundant here too with lion and cheetah dominating the sightings, although leopard sightings…

A relaxing safari in Tanzania

Wildlife safaris are not known to be particularly relaxing. While you often get an afternoon siesta and even some spa time if you’re fortunate enough to be staying in a fancy lodge, the early morning starts and many hour spent rattling and rolling along rutted game drive tracks can take their toll. Similarly, while trekking and climbing mountains tick all the active and adventurous…

Health care in Tanzania

While travel in Africa inevitably involves a small element of health risk, and there is always an outside chance that you might contract malaria, tick bite fever, bilharzia or typhoid, the chances of actually getting sick in Tanzania are relatively slim provided you take care to avoid getting bitten and make sure to get the recommended vaccinations and prophylaxis before you travel. In…

An active Tanzania adventure

There are plenty of good active holiday options in Tanzania, including hiking and mountain climbing, chimpanzee trekking, walking safaris, snorkelling and scuba diving, and even the iconic Kilimanjaro Marathon. Hiking, trekking and mountain climbing lead the way in terms of active holiday pursuits available in Tanzania. Whether you set foot on the summit of one of Tanzania’s highest…

Luxury safaris in Tanzania

The discerning safari connoisseur has a number of top quality offerings to look at in Tanzania. Chem Chem Safari Lodge, situated on a private concession between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park, is one of Tanzania’s finest safari lodge operations. Legendary Expeditions Mwiba Lodge is another highly regarded luxurious safari offering on a private concession on the southern fringe…

Popular Tanzania Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania (11 days)

Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania (11 days)

This tour is designed to allow maximum exposure to the Great Wildebeest Migration...

 | World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe....

 | Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

 | April Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park....

 | February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration....

 | July Wildebeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

July Wildbeest Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park...

 | Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days)

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days)

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle in two countries...

Stopping for drinks | Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration ...

Pel's Fishing Owl in flight | Secret Selous Game Reserve Sojourn (6 days)

Secret Selous Game Reserve Sojourn (6 days)

Explore the Selous Game Reserve and Stiegler's Gorge by 4x4, boat or walking safari, looking for Pel's fishing owl, wild dog, rhino and elephant...

 | August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

August Migration Safari with HerdTracker (10 days)

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Tanzania...

Ready to start your adventure?

+27 (0)21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2