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Best time to visit Tanzania

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The best time to visit Tanzania is August

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, August is the best time to go to Tanzania.

Summer temperatures in Dodoma, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tanzania, can reach a maximum of 33℃ (92℉). In the colder months such as July, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 14℃ (57℉). Temperatures often differ in other areas of Tanzania though so you can find out more information about this below.

The sun stays up the longest in Tanzania in August, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. The wet season in Tanzania usually falls during the months surrounding December each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

For more information about when to travel to Tanzania, the monthly weather breakdown for the top travel destinations, and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

November

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

August

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Tanzania seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Tanzania is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in Tanzania

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Dar Es SalaamAugust
31℃
25℃
31℃
25℃
31℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
29℃
23℃
28℃
22℃
28℃
21℃
28℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
24℃
31℃
25℃
DodomaAugust
28℃
18℃
28℃
17℃
28℃
18℃
27℃
17℃
27℃
16℃
27℃
15℃
27℃
14℃
29℃
15℃
31℃
16℃
32℃
18℃
32℃
19℃
30℃
19℃
ZanzibarJune-September
29℃
27℃
30℃
27℃
30℃
27℃
29℃
26℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
24℃
27℃
24℃
27℃
24℃
27℃
24℃
28℃
25℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
27℃
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Top FAQs

Tanzania is in Africa.
The warmest month of the year in Dodoma, one of the most popular places to visit in Tanzania, is November.
The driest month of the year in Dodoma, Tanzania, is usually around August each year.

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