The climate of Tanzania is best described as tropical although this varies from region to region. Along the coast the weather is quite humid whereas further inland it is notably cooler, especially during the evenings in the mountainous areas. The warmest time of the year to visit Tanzania is December through to March with the cooler months being June through October.
Tanzania has two rainy seasons. The lighter short rains (Mvuli) fall during November and December and occasionally into January and the heavier long rains (Masika) have their downpour March to May.
Best time to go
Besides right now? The best time to visit Tanzania is somewhat dependant upon individual needs and preference (and more often than not, work or uni holidays). The following is a general guideline of what to expect, and when, in terms of climate and tourist trends:
- December, January and February the temperatures are at their highest, though not unbearable. This time of year also brings with it peak hotel prices and most local eateries and market places make the most of the high season by upping their prices a little too.
- March to May is the season for the long rains and during this time you can make the most of reduced accommodation, food and local market costs not to mention avoiding the peak influx of tourists and the higher temperatures. Your natural surrounds will be lush and green during this time and dust at a minimum.
- June to September will provide you with cooler and drier weather. July and August are peak times for travel to Tanzania and park lodges and hotels are at their fullest during these two months, particularly in the North.
- October and November welcome the short rains and see the crowd masses dwindle. Hotel prices come down and the landscape ripens to a beautiful green once again.