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Tanzania weather overview

Tanzania is the biggest country in East Africa, ranging from low coast to hilly districts and high mountains. Its highest point, Mount Kilimanjaro, has permanent snow cover but elsewhere a tropical climate prevails, bringing high temperatures and intense humidity, especially on the coast.

In the high plateau above 3,000m (10,000ft), temperatures and humidity are far more moderate, and nights are frequently chilly. The main rainy season is from November to May, and rainfall is heaviest in the high mountains and along the coast (particularly between March and May).

Inland, the most reliable rainfall occurs in the regions around East Africa's great lakes - Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika. June to October is the driest, sunniest period and therefore the best time to visit.

What to pack for Tanzania weather

The higher you go in Tanzania, the lower the temperature, especially at night, so take warm clothes if you are planning a trip to the highlands. On the coast, light clothing is fine, and be prepared for showers at any time.

Which is the hottest month in Tanzania?

The hottest time of year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is normally March. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C with very high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Tanzania?

In terms of rainfall, April is usually the wettest month in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with 229mm on average. There are normally 17 days in April with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Tanzania?

The sunniest time of year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is normally October with bright sunshine on average for 69% of daylight hours; that's 9 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Tanzania?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in March when the water temperature reaches 29°C.

What is the flight time to Tanzania from the UK?

The flight time to Tanzania from the UK is typically 11.5 to 13 hours.

What is the time difference between Tanzania and the UK?

The time difference between Tanzania and the UK is GMT+3 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Tanzania?

The main languages spoken in Tanzania are Swahili and English.

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What is the currency in Tanzania?

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).

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Which plugs are used in Tanzania?

Tanzania uses electrical plug type D + G (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Tanzania?

They drive on the left side of the road in Tanzania.

Do you need a visa for Tanzania?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Tanzania.

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Compare Tanzania weather with the USA

Below the Tanzania weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and the USA (Washington).

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