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What’s the weather like?

Tanzania’s coast is hot and humid as are Zanzibar, Pemba and Mnemba Islands. The climate becomes more temperate when you go inland.The warmest period is January and the coolest is July.

Don’t underestimate the temperatures on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater during June, July and August, it can be very cold then.

Most of the rain falls in March, April & May and in November. Generally temperatures are pleasant ranging between 15ºC (59ºF) – 26ºC (78ºF) during the day; sometimes rising above 30ºC (86ºF) in the warmer months.

The north of the country including Joburg and the Greater Kruger area enjoys a sub-tropical climate and enjoy rain fall in the warmer summer months, from November to March.

The south of the country, including Cape Town and the Garden Route, has a more temperate climate and gets rain during the winter months, from April to October.

Temperatures range from close to zero in the mornings in Joburg to a good 40 degrees in the Karoo. With all these differences, when is generally the best time to travel? Cape Town and surrounds is best to explore between November and March. The safari destinations around Kruger are not that affected by the different seasons so you can enjoy a safari throughout the year.

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