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Best time to visit Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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The best time to visit Dar Es Salaam is August

If you’re looking to travel to Dar Es Salaam for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Dar Es Salaam is August due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 33℃ (92℉) in the middle of the day. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 21℃ (70℉) at night.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Dar Es Salaam, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around November. On average it rains the most days in April, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Dar Es Salaam below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

November

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Dar Es Salaam seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Dar Es Salaam as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Dar Es Salaam is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

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

Average temperatures in Dar Es Salaam

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Dar Es Salaam for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Dar Es Salaam climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Dar Es Salaam for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Dar Es Salaam in January

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 20 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Dar Es Salaam in February

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 18 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Dar Es Salaam in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 92mm (4") over 26 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Dar Es Salaam in April

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 154mm (6") over 26 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in May

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 102mm (4") over 25 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in June

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 17 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in July

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 19mm (1") over 19 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in August

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 18 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in September

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 18 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.

Dar Es Salaam in October

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 20 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Dar Es Salaam in November

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Dar Es Salaam in December

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 75mm (3") over 24 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Dar Es Salaam in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Dar Es Salaam is usually March, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Dar Es Salaam is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Dar Es Salaam is generally around April, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of April too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Dar Es Salaam, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in November are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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