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Tanzania in March


The long rains begin in March – afternoon downpours are the norm, but wildlife viewing is still very good and there are a lot of migratory birds to observe.

What's the weather going to be like in Tanzania in March?

  • Tropical downpours in the afternoon are the everyday norm
  • March marks the start of the long wet season, and it’s one of the wettest months of the year
  • Daily temperatures sit at around 30°C, and humidity is high
  • Don’t forget your waterproofs!

What are the highlights of visiting Tanzania during March?

  • It’s low season, so there’s good availability of properties
  • Many camps and lodges offer very good value for money
  • March is a quiet time in Tanzania, with very few travellers about
  • The herds of the Great Migration are starting to leave the Ndutu Plains and head west towards the Serengeti’s Grumeti region
  • Following the arrival of newborns in January–February, there are lots of young animals about
  • It’s a great time for birdwatching, as all sorts of migratory birds may be spotted across Tanzania, and numerous waterbirds and hornbills are at Lake Manyara
  • The scenery is green and beautiful, with abundant flowers in bloom
  • Cloudy skies create a dramatic backdrop for photographs

Any lowlights?

  • Some of the country’s remoter camps close down for the rainy season
  • Humidity is building, and there is a high chance of rain every day
  • The Tanzanian coast and Zanzibar receive a lot of heavy rainfall at this time of year
  • There are lots of bugs and mosquitoes around
  • Depending on the severity of the rain, some roads become impassable
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro can be risky in March

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