The weather conditions during a safari in Tanzania can have a significant impact on your overall experience. Tanzania has a tropical climate, which is characterized by hot and humid weather throughout the year. However, the country has distinct wet and dry seasons that can affect wildlife sightings, road conditions, and overall comfort levels.
Dry season (June – October): The dry season in Tanzania runs from June to October and is generally the best time to go on a safari. During this time, the weather is dry, sunny, and cool, with average temperatures ranging between 20°C and 30°C (68°F to 86°F). The dry conditions make it easier to spot wildlife as they congregate around water sources, and road conditions are generally good. However, this is also the busiest time for tourism in Tanzania, so expect to encounter larger crowds and higher prices.
Wet season (November – May): The wet season in Tanzania runs from November to May and is characterized by heavy rains, high humidity, and warmer temperatures. Average temperatures range between 25°C and 35°C (77°F to 95°F), with occasional thunderstorms and heavy downpours. During this time, wildlife disperses to different areas, making it more challenging to spot them. Road conditions can also become difficult, and some areas may become inaccessible due to flooding. However, the wet season also offers lush green landscapes and fewer crowds, making it an ideal time for birdwatching and photography.
At Kalala Tours, we recommend visiting Tanzania during the dry season for the best safari experience. However, if you prefer fewer crowds and don’t mind the occasional rain, the wet season can offer unique and beautiful landscapes. Whatever season you choose to visit, be sure to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly, including rain gear and clothing suitable for hot and humid weather.