Tanzania is a wonderful tourist destination home to numerous national parks, endless wildlife and pristine beaches. However, during the peak tourist season, a trip to Tanzania can become very expensive! Moreover, the most popular tourist destinations can also get pretty crowded during the peak season (June to October).
This is why many people prefer traveling to Tanzania during the off-season. Keep reading to find out more about the cheapest time to travel to Tanzania!
Cheapest Months to Travel to Tanzania
The cheapest months to travel to Tanzania include November to May. March and April are exceptionally cheap, but long rains might ruin your trips and safaris there and some of the lodges might be closed at this time.
Off-Season Tanzania Month by Month
November – December
November marks the beginning of the off-season, but is still one of the best months to visit Tanzania, along with December! It marks the start of the short rainy season. However, the showers are short and usually occur at night, so they won’t interfere with your travel plans.
Since it’s off-season, accommodation and flights are cheap during these two months, and the tourist destinations aren’t crowded! These are actually some of the best months in the off-season to spot wildlife and visit the National Parks for safaris. However, the weather can get hot and humid, which is the only downfall.
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January – March
January marks the start of the short dry season in Tanzania. The accommodation is cheap at this time and tourist destinations aren’t crowded. It’s a great time to observe the Great Migration of Serengeti. The herds are gathered toward the southern part of Serengeti. The end of January and beginning of February mark the calving season, whereby over half a million calves are born. This is the time when the herds are gathered together to protect the calves so it’s an exceptional sight!
The end of March marks the start of the long rainy season. You’ll get the cheapest accommodation and flights to Tanzania in March.
Wildebeest calving Serengeti,
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April and May
April marks the wettest month and it’s not recommended to travel to Tanzania from the end of March to the beginning of May. Long showers can interfere with your travel plans during these months and a lot of lodges also close down. Moreover, some of the southern parks can become inaccessible owing to the long showers and their effect on the roads.
Best Spots to Visit/Activities to Do While Traveling Off-Season in Tanzania
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area provides excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year! The scenery is also at its best here during the off-season. It’s also the ideal time for birdwatching.
Wildlife: The Big 5, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas.
Birdlife: Over 500 species of birds can be spotted here.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park has unique tree-climbing lions that can be spotted almost year-round. The scenery is at its best during the off-season and it’s also the prime time for birdwatching.
Wildlife: elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeests, flamingoes, blue monkeys, olive baboons, and bushbucks.
Birdlife: Over 400 species of birds can be spotted here.
Serengeti National Park I
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Serengeti National Park
Serengeti also offers exceptional wildlife viewing and you can spot the migrating herds almost year-round, except for the few months during which the herds are in Kenya. (August, September, October) The calving season at the end of January and beginning of February offers interesting sights!
November to May is considered the off-peak season for Zanzibar too. January and February are excellent months for diving and snorkeling. March to May represents the wet season when the prices are low and tourists sparse. Zanzibar is a great island to explore with its pristine beaches and historically significant areas. Explore Stone Town, chill at Nungwi beach and dine at the Rock Restaurant!
The Rock Restaurant,
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