Tanzania Weather & Climate
The areas where we will be traveling are typically warm and dry, although it is surprisingly cold at higher altitudes. Summer usually lasts from November to March, and during this time there is always a chance of afternoon showers.
With altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level, average daytime temperatures are very comfortable and vary from 70° to 90°F, with a moderate 50° to 60°F at night.
AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES & RAINFALL:(In Fahrenheit and inches)
Please keep in mind that these are averages, and that weather can be unpredictable. Be sure to check current weather conditions a few days before your departure
Tanzania Monthly Weather Information and Recommendations
January marks the end of the shorter rainy season (
FEBRUARYFebruary is typically the warmest month in Tanzania, with high temperatures reaching the upper 80s F in some areas. Be prepared with short-sleeved shirts and shorts or zip-off pants. It is possible for the short rains to continue into February, so occasional showers are possible.
MARCHThe beginning of March is much like February—warm and mostly dry. The main rainy season in Tanzania (
APRILAs the heavy rains continue, you can expect conditions in April to be much the same as in March. Although it typically rains every day, it seldom rains all day. Heavy afternoon rain showers are common, and a lightweight, “breathable,” waterproof rain jacket, rain pants and inexpensive rain poncho are a must.
MAYBy May the landscape in Tanzania is usually lush and green as the heavy rains continue, with significant bursts of rain occurring most often in the afternoon. As in March and April, we recommend a lightweight, “breathable,” waterproof rain jacket, rain pants and inexpensive rain poncho.
JUNEThe rains have ended for the most part by June (although you may still want a rain jacket just in case) and temperatures begin to drop as a cooler, dryer climate sets in for the next several months. Note that it can become very cold at night on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, and early morning game drives may be chilly before the sun comes up. Jackets or sweaters are recommended in the evenings, and warm hats, gloves and a scarf may be needed in the early morning. Temperatures in June range from the mid-40s to low 50s at night to the upper 70s to low 80s during the day. We recommend layering so that you can make adjustments as the sun comes out and daytime temperatures heat up. By midday you will want lightweight clothing—a T-shirt and shorts or zip-off pants.
JULYJuly is another cool, dry month in Tanzania. It can be quite cold at night and in the early mornings, especially at higher elevations. Temperatures can drop as low as 40 F; be prepared with warm layers including jackets, sweaters, warm long pants and warm hats, gloves and a scarf. By midday, temperatures generally warm to the upper 70s—you’ll want to trade your warm layers for a short-sleeved shirt and shorts or zip-off pants.
AUGUSTThe month of August is mild, with lows in the mid-50s F and highs in the upper 70s and low 80s F. A jacket or sweater is recommended for nights and early mornings, and a hat, gloves
SEPTEMBERTemperatures in September tend to be comfortable during the day with highs in the low to mid-80s F while nights and early mornings can be cool, with temperatures in the upper 50s F. We recommend a jacket or sweater, long pants and a hat, gloves and a scarf. As the temperature warms during the day, be ready to you shed your outer layers for a short-sleeved shirt and shorts or zip-off pants.
OCTOBEROctober is typically the last month of the long dry season, and it is still relatively cool, clear and sunny. Daytime temperatures will be mild, and evenings and early mornings will be comfortably cool. Temperatures will increase slightly, ranging from the low 60s F to the mid- to upper 80s F.
NOVEMBERThe short rains begin in November. These are much lighter and less predictable than the long rains. We recommend being prepared with a lightweight, “breathable,” waterproof rain jacket, rain pants and an inexpensive rain poncho. When it is not raining, temperatures will be pleasant, ranging from lows in the mid-60s F to highs in the low 80s F. The best approach is to go with a comfortable base layer when the days are clear and warm and to add warm and/or waterproof layers as needed.
DECEMBERThe short rains continue in December, and clothing recommendations remain much the same as for November. Temperatures range from the mid-60s F to the low 80s F, and light rain is possible each day.
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