When to go to Arusha

Best Time To Go To Arusha Tanzania ; When To Go To Arusha


When going on holiday to Tanzania the chances are the aim of the trip is to either go for a safari, or to the beach or both. As a general rule of thumb, the best time to be in Tanzania on safari and at the beach is in the dry season from July – October when the weather is dry and sunny. As the wildlife parks dry out, the bushes become less dense and the animals are easier to spot because of this, but also because they are forced to congregate to the remaining water holes. With the beach, this is the only time of year which is pretty much guaranteed not to rain. There are short rains in November (which sometimes trickle through into December, January and March) before the long rains which come in April and May. However, this is not to say December, January and February are not still excellent times to be in Tanzania…

Arusha, as with northern Tanzania in very generalised terms does have better and worse times to go – especially if you are looking to escape your own rainy home (talking to the Brits here..). Arusha is generally at it’s hottest between the short November rains, and the long ones in April, however not by much, but the build up of clouds could mean it will be humid if you are looking to spend a long time in the city. Generally, the months with the most numbers of rainy days is from November all the way through until the beginning of March. Then the rain becomes more constant in April and trails back down towards the end of May. By June through to the end of October the weather is clear and nice. The actually length of these showers is more fitting to the traditional idea of the rainy seasons though. In between the long rainy season of November and April/May there will generally be showers more than constant downfall. The only possible exception to this is March and December, which actually have quite a bit more rain than many may expect as it is technically “in between” the rainy seasons…
NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 293029262423232426282828
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 151516171614131314151616
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 888666678988
Hours of Daylight Hrs 121212121212121212121212
Number Rainy Days 1110142014543251213
Rainfall (mm) 6364144339169392116163812691


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