The weather in Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country in East Africa with weather variations due to altitude, coastal areas and lakes. With its position so close to the equator, Tanzania doesn't have traditional a Summer and Winter, however, it does have distinct wet and dry seasons.

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The coastline of Tanzania is where the weather is hottest and most humid, with the low altitude western and southern parks being much less humid but equally hot. The most popular safari area, the Serengeti, is large and the altitude varies across the National Park. The Ngorongoro Crater rim experiences quite a lot of rain year-round and the temperature can drop significantly at night. The average temperatures in the dry season stay around 20°C/68°F to 30°C/86°F and in the wet season tend to stay just above and below 30°C/86°F.

Tanzania Holidays - best times to visit...

Here is a general guide for the best times to visit for some of Tanzania's popular activities:

  • Horticulture: November to May
  • Safari: All year. Migration from June to July and wildebeest calving January and February.
  • Bird watching: All year, with migratory birds moving in from November to April.
  • Beach time: June to October

Please contact the Mahlatini team if you have a question about the Tanzanian climate and the choice of luxury accommodation we offer.

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