When is the best time to go to Tanzania?

When is the best time to go to Tanzania? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Tanzania, the weather is good everywhere in June, July, August, September and October
  • The best months to go to Dodoma are February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Dodoma are September, October, November and December
  • The rainiest months in this city are January, March and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Arusha, Kilimandjaro, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, Lake Babati, Lake Empakaai, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Pangani, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Dar Es Salaam are January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December

Annual weather in Tanzania

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Tanzania for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 61°F to 92°F
3 to 29 days*
February 59°F to 92°F
3 to 26 days*
March 59°F to 92°F
8 to 28 days*
April 59°F to 88°F
7 to 23 days*
May 56°F to 85°F
0 to 23 days*
June 52°F to 85°F
0 to 11 days*
July 52°F to 86°F
0 to 5 days*
August 54°F to 90°F
0 to 6 days*
September 56°F to 94°F
0 to 10 days*
October 59°F to 92°F
0 to 15 days*
November 61°F to 92°F
3 to 19 days*
December 61°F to 92°F
6 to 27 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Tanzania by cities

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The best months to go to Dodoma are february, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam

The best months to go to Dar Es Salaam are january, february, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

The best months to go to Serengeti National Park are february, june, july, august, september and october.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Tanzania

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Tanzania and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Dodoma, Dar Es Salaam, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar and Arusha, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Tanzania

Find out when Tanzania has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Tanzania

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June and November. The number of visitors to Tanzania is high in: July, August, September, October and December.

  • Very low season in Tanzania: March, April and May.
  • Low season in Tanzania: January, February, June and November.
  • High season in Tanzania: July, September and October.
  • Peak season in Tanzania: August and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Tanzania month by month

Average price for flights to Tanzania

A return flight between London and Zanzibar is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 659 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 359 more for your airline ticket to Zanzibar if you go in august.

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Where to go in Tanzania?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Dar Es Salaam88°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F
Serengeti National Park83°F85°F85°F81°F81°F83°F86°F88°F88°F88°F85°F81°F
Kilwa Masoko86°F86°F86°F85°F85°F83°F83°F83°F85°F85°F86°F88°F
Tarangire National Park83°F85°F85°F79°F76°F76°F76°F79°F83°F83°F83°F83°F
Arusha National Park83°F85°F85°F79°F76°F76°F76°F79°F83°F83°F83°F83°F
Fanjove Island88°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F
Gombe National Park77°F79°F79°F77°F77°F77°F77°F79°F81°F81°F79°F77°F
Katavi National Park72°F74°F74°F74°F76°F76°F77°F81°F85°F85°F81°F74°F
Kilwa Kisiwani86°F86°F86°F85°F85°F83°F83°F83°F85°F85°F86°F88°F


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Is this weather information for Tanzania reliable?

Climate data for Tanzania has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Tanzania allows us to determine the average for each month in Dodoma, Dar Es Salaam, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Arusha, Bukoba, Kilimandjaro, Kilwa Masoko, and 41 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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