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What is the best time to visit Tanzania?

The best time to visit Tanzania depends on which regions you wish to visit, and what you want to experience during your Tanzania vacation. The country is located just south of the equator and the temperatures range between 25°C and 30°C. Moisture can be very high in the coastal region, particularly in the regions around Arusha, and the island of Zanzibar. In the highlands of Tanzania, the humidity is lower.

These are the typical seasons for you to bear in mind as you plan your travel to Tanzania:

  • Long wet season: mid March – June
  • Winter: June – October
  • Short rainy season: November – December
  • Summer: Mid December – March

The two seasons may vary slightly depending on the region. During the winter, it can become somewhat fresher, but the cool air during this time is ideal to admire sunsets at the campfire with a cup of hot tea!

The mountains of Tanzania are remarkable exceptions compared to the otherwise complex but regular climate. The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can fall below freezing. If you stay on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, it becomes cold in July, July and August, up to 10°C during the night, so do pack warm clothing for your Tanzanian trip.

What to Pack for Tanzania Tours

Safari wear should be comfortable and casual. Evenings and early mornings can be chilly so warm sweaters are recommended. Low heeled comfortable sports or trekking shoes are the most suitable walking shoes should you intend joining any walking safaris. We recommend you bring warm clothes, including a fleece or light wool sweater and socks, to their normal safari gear. During the day it can get quite hot so don’t forget sunglasses and a high factor sunscreen, as well as a sun hat with a small brim.

Some specialist trips, i.e. mountain climbing, require extra items of clothing and footwear (details on the next page). Many hotels, lodges and camps have swimming pools so you are advised to bring swimsuits. Due to limited space in the vehicle and light aircraft, we advise you to keep your luggage to the minimum. We suggest you pack your luggage into a small bag of no more than 15 kilos – the luggage limit for local flights issued by the airlines. Almost all safari lodges and camps provide same day laundry service.

Questions? As an individual travel provider, we would be pleased to advise you on your Tanzanian trip. Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote and more advice on the best time to visit Tanzania.

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Please note: Despite careful research, we cannot assume complete liability for the information provided here. Further updated information is available at your local Foreign Office.

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