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Best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania depends on what you would like to see. There are two distinct rainy seasons: from the end of March to early June, and from the end of October to mid-December. Rain is normally in short, sharp downpours with clear skies between.

From January to March it is hot and dry. June to October is warm and dry, with colder evenings.

Game viewing is good throughout the year, although the migration leaves the Serengeti for the Masai Mara at the end of March / beginning of April, arriving in Kenya in late June / early July. The return migration leaves Kenya in October and arrives in the Serengeti in December, depending on the year’s rainfall.

 

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Tanzania

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Arusha

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2984 2679 2475 2373 2373 2475 2679 2882 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1661 1763 1661 1457 1355 1355 1457 1559 1661 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 632 643 1446 33913 1697 392 211 161 161 381 1265 914
Rainy Days 10 10 14 20 14 4 4 3 2 5 12 13
Humidity L L L N N N N N N L L L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Dar es Salaam

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2984 2984 2984 3086 3188 3188 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2373
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 5 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 703 492 1205 2299 1536 402 261 231 251 492 1064 1144
Rainy Days 10 4 12 17 14 6 6 6 5 7 9 12
Humidity VH VH VH H H H M M H H H VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2679 2577 2679 2679 2882 2882

Lake Manyara

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3086 2781 2679 2577 2577 2679 2882 2984 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1763 1864 1763 1559 1457 1559 1559 1661 1763 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 602 803 1144 1616 361 20 10 10 10 161 713 753
Rainy Days 12 11 15 19 13 4 3 3 2 5 12 14
Humidity M M M M L L N L L M M M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2272 2170 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2272 2272 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1050 1152 1050 846 846 846 846 948 1050 1050
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1084 894 1365 2138 1004 221 120 151 110 552 1144 1375
Rainy Days 16 15 18 22 15 7 6 6 5 9 17 18
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Selous Game Reserve

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2984 2984 2984 3188 3290 3391 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2272 2272 2068 1864 1763 1763 1864 2068 2272 2373
Sunshine hours 7 8 7 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1436 1395 2199 31112 1235 231 151 120 331 381 1104 1315
Rainy Days 14 10 16 16 9 3 3 3 2 4 8 15
Humidity VH VH VH H H M M M H H H VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Tarangire National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 2984 2781 2577 2475 2475 2577 2882 2984 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1763 1864 1661 1457 1457 1457 1559 1661 1763 1763
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 6 6 7 7 7 8 9 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 853 974 1305 1667 462 50 0 0 10 141 713 994
Rainy Days 13 11 15 19 12 4 3 3 2 5 11 15
Humidity M M M M L N N L L M M M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Zanzibar

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3290 3086 2984 2984 2882 2984 3086 3188 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2272 2272 2373 2272 2170 2068 1966 1966 2068 2170 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 7 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 863 542 1506 38515 25410 703 502 482 522 964 2169 1847
Rainy Days 10 5 12 17 16 7 7 8 8 9 12 13
Humidity VH VH VH VH H H H H H H VH VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2679 2577 2679 2679 2882 2882