Best Times to Visit Serengeti National Park
The best times to visit Serengeti National Park are from December to March or from June to October, although you should plan your trip around the movement of the 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. Most safari operators will have a good idea of where the Migration is headed and when, and most will adjust their itineraries based on the herd's movement. Temperatures remain relatively constant with daytime highs resting in the 80s. You'll find cooler weather at the Ngorongoro Crater due to its higher elevation. April and May see the most rainfall, and many lodges and camps close for this slower season.
|December-March||The winter months are the best time to visit Southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Although most visitors enter the park from the south, this region is widely ignored by tourists due to the lack of wildlife during much of the year. However, the short rains that take place in November draw the herd back to its breeding grounds. During the winter, these vast grasslands teem with wildebeest, zebras, and, of course, predators.|
|April-May||Springtime ushers in the park's rainy season. Because most visitors are deterred by the wet conditions, you can expect to find lower prices on excursions and lodging. However, you should note that most of the semi-permanent campgrounds and some of the lodges close their doors to tourists during this time, so you will need to plan ahead.|
|June-October||During the summer and fall, the Migration makes its way north, where the plains are ablaze with colorful flora. Between June and August, you'll most likely find the herd near the Grumeti River in the park's Western Corridor, although you're sure to catch a glimpse of a smaller rogue group in the Lobo Valley. Watching the grazers take on the river's vicious crocodile population can make for the experience of a lifetime. In September and October, the wildebeest and zebras mingle with elephants and giraffes in beautiful Lobo and Bologonja Springs in the park's northern area.|
|November||Short, sporadic rain showers signal the Migration's return to the southern grasslands. Plan to spend most of this month in the Western Corridor along the Grumeti River or at the Mbalageti Serengeti, a permanent campground with sweeping views.|