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What is the best time of year to go on safari to Tanzania?

 
Tanzania is located just south of the Equator and has generally dry, warm weather. The exception is from mid-April to mid-June when the main rains arrive. Tanzania also sees some rain for part of November. These November “short rains” don’t really interfere with your safari. The coast and Zanzibar receive more rainfall and are hotter and more humid than the inland safari regions.
Young women enjoying bush breakfast in Serengeti

What temperatures can we expect on safari in Tanzania?

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Monkeys drinking from pool

What temperatures can we expect on safari in Tanzania?

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Kids roasting marshmallows with guide

What temperatures can we expect on safari in Tanzania?

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Night game drive Tanzania

What temperatures can we expect on safari in Tanzania?

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Safaris are taken first thing in the morning and late afternoon when temperatures are lower. Another factor to bear in mind is altitude. Much of the Serengeti is at between 3,000 and 5,000 feet and the Ngorongoro Crater floor is at 6,000 feet. So it can be quite chilly at the start of a morning game drive. By mid-morning the weather gets warmer and outside the rainy season, humidity levels away from the coast are low. November to March is generally the warmest time of year.
young boy in game drive vehicle talking to guide

What is Tanzania like during the summer, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays?

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wildebeest jumping into river during the great migration

What is Tanzania like during the summer, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays?

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family having a bush lunch

What is Tanzania like during the summer, Christmas holidays and Easter holidays?

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Christmas and the main summer holidays are ideal times to visit Tanzania. The weather is usually warm and dry and these are excellent times to be on safari. If Easter falls in March, that is also a good time to travel, though rains can fall from about the second week in April. The Great Migration can be seen at any time of year in Tanzania, though a large part of it crosses into Kenya from June to October.
Family on beach in Zanzibar

What are the weather patterns on Zanzibar and along the coast?

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underwater photo of two dolphins swimming

What are the weather patterns on Zanzibar and along the coast?

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Private villa at Xanadu in Zanzibar

What are the weather patterns on Zanzibar and along the coast?

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Kite surfing tricks at Xanadu in Zanzibar

What are the weather patterns on Zanzibar and along the coast?

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The coast and Zanzibar are low lying so are hotter and more humid than the safari regions. November to March are the warmest months, with temperatures in the low to mid 30s. June to October is pleasantly warm with temperatures in the high 20s and you can expect a steady ocean breeze. In April and May rainfall is heavy and in November the weather is prone to thunder showers.
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