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Tanzania in October

October

The rains resume towards the end of this month, but early to mid-October is fantastic for both safari and beach holidays – from chimpanzee trekking in the Mahale Mountains to enjoying the mainland coast and Zanzibar.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 29°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 16°C
  • Average rainfall = 50mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

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

  • Days are warmer than in previous months, and clear, but rain is likely towards October’s end
  • It’s the last month of the dry season
  • Temperatures can push up to the late 20s in many areas
  • It’s worth packing your waterproof if you’re travelling in the second half of the month

What are the highlights of visiting Tanzania in October?

  • It’s one of the best times to travel to Tanzania for both safari and beach holidays – the southern parks are particularly good
  • There are very few mosquitoes around
  • The elephant populations of Tarangire and Katavi national parks are very impressive during October
  • Chimpanzee trekking in the Mahale Mountains National Park is excellent, as the chimps are closer to the park’s shores and easier to spot
  • As safari areas are dry, vast concentrations of wildlife cluster around scarce water sources, for example at the Katuma river in Katavi
  • October is the best month to visit Arusha National Park and climb Mount Meru – and the weather conditions are fantastic for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro too
  • Clear skies and abundance of wildlife make for wonderful photo opportunities.
  • Opportunities to see Great whale sharks off Mafia Island

Any lowlights?

  • The main parks are still in their peak season, so there’s limited availability of properties
  • Rates are high
  • It’s a busy time of year to be in northern Tanzania, and Mount Kilimanjaro might feel too crowded for some travellers
  • Late October sees the arrival of the rains

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