EACH AND EVERY SEASON IN TANZANIA IS WONDERFUL, THOUGH YOU MIGHT WANT TO AVOID THE RAINS IF YOU WISH TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO.

It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro year round; however it is best to climb when there is a lower possibility of precipitation. The dry seasons are from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and then from late June through the end of October. These are considered to be the best times to climb in terms of weather. Safaris are available throughout the year, although the best game viewing periods are during the dry months of June through to November. The main tourist season is in January and February when it is hot and dry and generally considered to be more pleasant. This is also the time of year that the migrating wildebeest start calving in the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The long rains fall from approximately March, to May. The roads in the reserves are often very muddy and game is dispersed. This is low season for a safari.

When to go guide

Dry Season:January, February and June till October
Long Rains:March, April and May
Short Rains:November and December
Coolest:April, May and June
Hottest:January, February and December
Best time in Serengeti:January, February, June till October
Best time in Northern Tanzania:January, February, March and June till December
Best time in Southern Tanzania:June, July, August, September and October
Best time in Zanzibar:January till March, June till October, December
Best time for diving:August, October, November and December
Climate
Because Tanzania lies below the equator, the coolest months occur during the northern hemisphere's summer. Between June and October the temperatures range from around 10C in the northern highlands to about 23C on the coast. On the plains and the lower altitude game reserves, the temperatures are warm and mild. On the coast these are the most pleasant months to visit with balmy, sunny weather much of the day and cooling ocean breezes at night. From December to March the days are hot and sunny with often not a cloud in the sky. Clear sunny days are the norm in the northern highlands and the heat of midday is tempered by the golden light in the late afternoon with striking sunsets. In the central reserves, the beautiful weather provides perfect opportunities for game viewing and clear night skies for star-gazing. Tanzania equatorial climate brings two seasons of rain each year: The Masika (long rains) from March to June; and The Vuli (short rains) that come intermittently throughout November and December.
When are the highest prices?
Highest Prices: January, July, August, September, December
Mid Prices: February, March, June, October
Lowest Prices: April, May, November
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