Everyone loves an East Africa safari but to avoid rain-swept beaches and where'd-everything-go savannahs, you'll need to be in the right place at the right time. There is no single best time to visit East Africa but there are rainy and dry seasons. Each has its advantages and each destination has its best moments, not least in the Masai Mara/Serengeti where the seasonally-driven wildebeest migration takes place.
If you have already decided when you are going on safari, it's now time to choose where to travel to; if your dates are flexible, you can plan your safari better by understanding East Africa's seasonal trends. We've split the year up into three periods to coincide with the main phases of the wildebeest migration and the rainy seasons.
At a glance – Expect warm temperatures and short rains. Game viewing in the Serengeti, diving in Zanzibar and gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda are excellent choices now.
Weather – This is summer in East Africa. Temperatures are warm and pleasant with an average high of 28°C and an average low of 15°C. The rains from early November to late March are usually scattered and localized with short-lived downpours. There is often heavy rain in late March.