Visit Tanzania In Different Months

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Visit in January

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

What’s the weather like in Tanzania in January? In the mainland, the average temperature ranges from a cool 16°C to a warm 29°C, so it’s ideal to pack some warm clothes along with your summer style! On our islands, you can expect a balmy 23°C to a hot high of 32°C, so whip out the sunscreen!

Generally, January is hot and humid, falling during our green season, so named for the rich, lush, green landscapes (perfect for photography!). Occasional rainfall provides a welcome respite from the heat.

Visit in February

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

What is the temperature like in Tanzania in February? It depends where you are! The mainland enjoys quite a range, from a cool 16°C (pack a jacket!) to a warm 29°C. If you are heading for one of our island paradises, you can expect it to be hot with lows of 23°C, up to a high of 32°C. Make sure you keep sun protection on hand!

February is definitely the best time of year to see wildebeest calves, with the migratory herds in full calving season. This usually happens in Ndutu in the southern part of the Serengeti where millions of wildebeest congregate to feed on the grasses and give birth to their calves…

February marks the end of our short rains, and so everything is lush, green, and humid. You may want to have a raincoat on hand for the scattered showers, but it’s worth it at this time of year since the scenery is absolutely beautiful. You also have the benefit of enjoying the highest average hours of sunshine that we get all year – and you know what that means…the best photographic conditions available countrywide!

Visit in March

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

March is not as predictable as other months! While the earlier days of March tend to be dry, it is not uncommon that some years will see the rain return a little earlier and March can be wet – changing the landscape from a tawny beige to a vibrant green.

On the mainland, temperatures range from 16°C to 29°C, while islands can go up to 32°C. While the rainy season is likely to begin in March, it won’t be very disruptive, with March still experiencing many days of sunshine, warmth, and humidity. March is also an ideal time to avoid crowds!

Visit in April

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

April is the rainiest month of the year in Tanzania and marks the beginning of the wet season. However, you shouldn’t picture April as a monochrome, dreary month of endless rainfall – most of the rain comes from early afternoon thunderstorms that dissipate relatively quickly.

Outside of the thunderstorms, you can expect relatively warm daytime temperatures ranging from 16°C to 28°C (and up to 30°C on the islands). While only half of the days in April can expect rain, you should be careful when travelling during the rainy season. Roads, particularly dirt ones, can become muddy and difficult to pass through.

Visit in May

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

May in Tanzania is a photographer’s delight. Known as the Emerald season, April showers most definitely give way to May flowers, as the landscape blossoms into vivid colour. Big game herbivores like elephants, rhinoceros, and buffalo are more easily spotted in May due to the tremendous abundance of food and water.

Late May sees the Emerald season move into the dry season – and transition periods often mean that there are fewer visitors around, leading to a more intimate experience. While it can still be wet at the beginning of May, the weather evens out to a decidedly warm and dry daily average between 16°C and 27°C.

Visit in June

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

June marks the opening of the dry season in Tanzania. Unsurprisingly, the weather in the dry season is exactly what you might expect – warm (but not hot) temperatures, low humidity, and very little, if any, precipitation. June temperatures range from 15°C to 27°C on the mainland with typically chilly mornings and evenings (pack a jacket!).

During the dry season, the landscape becomes drained of colour. The lush, verdant land of the wet season gives way to a variety of beiges and browns of the dry season. While this often allows for the best game viewing, it can sometimes get dusty, particularly when there are crowds and more game vehicles.

Visit in July

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

July is right in the middle of the dry season, meaning it is the perfect time to enjoy a safari. The landscape is parched, the skies are blue, and the temperature is cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoon – you can expect a daily high of 26°C and a low of 14°C.

While the lack of rain means clear skies, it also means that there is a higher likelihood of dust being kicked up, particularly since July is peak season and there are more safari vehicles than usual on the roads. And while the daytime weather is temperate, the temperatures at night can be cold, so dress warmly!

Visit in August

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

In August, the weather is as close to perfect as one could wish for when visiting Tanzania. Cool in the mornings and evenings (bring a warm jacket!), warm in the daytime, and dry all month long, skies are clear and sunny most days in August allowing for prime game viewing.

While the weather is ideal for safaris, hiking, or mountain climbing, there are always pros and cons to each weather pattern. Due to the dryness, dust can be kicked up, hazing the view of the majestic landscapes. Similarly, there may be small wildfires that sweep through grasslands as part of the natural ecosystem

Visit in September

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

As September begins, the dry season has been in effect for months. Rainfall has been scarce and since about June, the weather has been cool and dry. The effect this has is that the landscape has turned to a uniform brown and grazing grass is scarce. Animals will almost all be concentrated around water sources.

Temperatures do begin to rise in September, even though the mornings and evenings can still be frigid (bring warm clothing!). The average daily temperature on the mainland ranges from a low of 15°C to a high of 28°C. The air is thin and still, with only the occasional dust cloud interrupting perfect photography conditions.

Visit in October

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

October marks the last chance in the year to catch Tanzania in a properly dry climate. For the first few weeks of October, you will experience the tail end of the long dry season, a season that has been going on since late May or early June.

The wildlife of Tanzania is huddled around sparse watering holes and the land is brown from lack of rain. This makes for incredible game viewing, but the temperature is still cold at night and in the mornings, so don’t forget a jacket! The end of October usually sees the rains return in the form of billowing thunderclouds

Visit in November

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

November marks the true end of Tanzania’s long dry season – the end of October sees the seasons shift and the rain comes again to drench the thirsty land. At first, these will come as short, overnight storms that will tamp dust back into the ground and freshen up the landscape.

November is an underrated month to visit Tanzania. While many people want to visit during the dry season window, November is a transitional month where you can see the land change before your very eyes. Roads are still open and river flows are still low, meaning you can move about like it is the dry season.

Visit in December

WEATHER AND LANDSCAPE

What’s the weather like in Tanzania in January? In the mainland, the average temperature ranges from a cool 16°C to a warm 29°C, so it’s ideal to pack some warm clothes along with your summer style! On our islands, you can expect a balmy 23°C to a hot high of 32°C, so whip out the sunscreen!

Generally, January is hot and humid, falling during our green season, so named for the rich, lush, green landscapes (perfect for photography!). Occasional rainfall provides a welcome respite from the heat.

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