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Tanzania in September


September approaches the end of the dry season, as the Great Migration herds return to the Serengeti, elephant fill Tarangire, and predators are plentiful in Katavi and the Selous

What's the weather going to be like in Tanzania in September?

  • Days are dry and sunny, with low humidity
  • It’s the end of the dry season
  • Temperatures are warm, and the air feels clear and fresh
  • Lightweight layers are recommended for game drives at dawn and dusk

What are the highlights of visiting Tanzania in September?

  • Southern parks are less busy, so these are an amazing option for travellers hoping to avoid the crowds
  • Low humidity levels and little rain makes for fewer mosquitoes
  • The Great Migration herds start heading back south from Kenya, so if you’re lucky you might catch a river crossing
  • Tarangire National Park is full of elephants roaming about
  • There’s lots of predator action in Katavi National Park, as lions prey on the immense numbers of ungulates and buffalo grazing on the plains
  • Game viewing is excellent in all parks, as immense concentrations of wildlife gather at scarce water sources
  • September is one of the best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, as temperatures are pleasant and there is less rain and cloud cover
  • It’s a great time to visit Zanzibar as the climate is cool and dry, and the sea off the coast is at its clearest, fantastic for snorkelling and whale watching
  • The Bagamoyo Festival of Arts and Culture takes place this month, on the East Coast.
  • The Selous offers excellent wild dog sightings and in Ruaha National Park there are excellent opportunities to witness big cats

Any lowlights?

  • September is peak season, so there’s limited availability in the northern parks
  • Lodge prices are high
  • Northern parks can be very busy with lots of safari vehicles, especially the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and parts of the Serengeti
  • Kilimanjaro can get crowded, so it’s advisable to book your trip well in advance

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