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Best Time to Visit Tanzania

Most visitors descend on Tanzania in the peak season between January and February when the weather is drier, and so more comfortable. The best time to go depends on the part of the country travellers are heading for but generally speaking any time between July and October or between December and March is good for a trip here. Tanzania has two main rainy seasons - the heavier spell begins around the end of March and lasts till June and the short rains begin in November and last until January. These months are strictly no -gos for travellers as the roads are nearly impassable and Tanzania doesn’t live up to expectations.

Climate

Tanzania has a tropical climate with soaring temperatures and high humidity factor in the coastal areas and the islands of Zanzibar. The climate eases up a bit as the terrain changes and the altitude increases but continues to be hot though less sultry. The central plateau is dry and arid while the highlands in the northwest are cool and enjoy a more temperate climate. The average maximum temperatures in the coast are around 32ºC with minimums of 25ºC and humidity factor of 70% through the year. The higher reaches have average peak temperatures of 30ºC and minimum of 15ºC with humidity between 42 –71%.

July to October is the hot and dry season with little or no rain. A short rainy season lasting from November to December follows before the weather becomes both hot again in January, February and March. The second spell of seasonal rain begins in March and lasts till June. The higher altitude areas of Tanzania receive rain from November to December, with a dry January in the middle and a second bout of rains from February to May.


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