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Best Time to Visit Tanzania in 2024 for Safaris, Beaches, and Cultural Experiences. Tanzania Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Tanzania

  • Optimal: June to October (dry season, best wildlife viewing).
  • For beaches: January and February offer the warmest beach experience.
  • Other favorable months: December to February, and June to September.

Geography facts

  • Location: East Africa.
  • Area: 945,087 km² (land and water combined).
  • Borders: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.
  • Landscape: Diverse landscapes including mountains, savannas, and coastal plains. Highest point: Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895 meters.

Tanzania boasts a rich tapestry of natural wonders, from the towering heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to the vast plains of the Serengeti and the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar. It is a country of immense natural beauty and cultural richness.

Climate

  • Coastal: Tropical (hot and humid year-round).
  • Inland: Varies with altitude (temperate in highlands, hot in lowlands).
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Warm and humid. Ideal for beach holidays in Zanzibar.
  • Daytime temperature: +30°C (86°F), Night: +23°C (73°F).
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
  • Rainfall: Light, around 75 mm.

February

  • Hot and sunny. Best for beach visits and marine activities.
  • Daytime temperature: +31°C (88°F), Night: +24°C (75°F).
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 50 mm.
Tanzania (c) nnabelle6b.wordpress.com

March

  • Start of the long rains. Less ideal for safaris.
  • Daytime temperature: +30°C (86°F), Night: +23°C (73°F).
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
  • Rainfall: Heavy, around 150 mm.

April

  • Peak of the long rains. Not suitable for wildlife viewing.
  • Daytime temperature: +29°C (84°F), Night: +22°C (72°F).
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).
  • Rainfall: Very heavy, around 250 mm.

May

  • End of the long rains. Parks begin to dry up.
  • Daytime temperature: +28°C (82°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).
  • Rainfall: Decreasing, around 100 mm.

June

  • Start of the dry season. Best for safaris.
  • Daytime temperature: +27°C (81°F), Night: +19°C (66°F).
  • Sea temperature: +26°C (79°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 30 mm.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Cool and dry. Prime safari season.
  • Daytime temperature: +26°C (79°F), Night: +18°C (64°F).
  • Sea temperature: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 20 mm.

August

  • Cool and dry. Excellent for wildlife viewing.
  • Daytime temperature: +26°C (79°F), Night: +18°C (64°F).
  • Sea temperature: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 20 mm.

September

  • Dry and warm. Ideal for safaris and trekking.
  • Daytime temperature: +28°C (82°F), Night: +19°C (66°F).
  • Sea temperature: +26°C (79°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 20 mm.
Tanzania (c) wallpapercosmos.com

October

  • Start of the short rains. Good for safaris before the rains intensify.
  • Daytime temperature: +29°C (84°F), Night: +21°C (70°F).
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).
  • Rainfall: Increasing, around 50 mm.

November

  • Short rains. Still decent for safaris but getting wetter.
  • Daytime temperature: +30°C (86°F), Night: +22°C (72°F).
  • Sea temperature: +27°C (81°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 100 mm.

December

  • End of the short rains. Popular holiday season.
  • Daytime temperature: +31°C (88°F), Night: +23°C (73°F).
  • Sea temperature: +28°C (82°F).
  • Rainfall: Decreasing, around 75 mm.

Tanzania offers diverse and exciting experiences throughout the year. Whether you’re planning a beach holiday in Zanzibar, a thrilling safari in the Serengeti, or a cultural journey through its vibrant cities, there is always something incredible to discover in this East African gem.

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