Tanzania in August

August

Mid-dry season, August abounds with wildlife highlights – from huge herds of elephant in Tarangire, to abundant lion and wild dog in the Selous.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 81°F
  • Night time minimum temperature = 59°F
  • Average rainfall = 30mm
  • Average daylight = 12 hours

WHAT'S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN TANZANIA IN AUGUST?

  • Days are dry and warm, while nights are cool
  • It’s the middle of the dry season, with usually very little rain all month
  • Temperatures can reach 77–86 degrees during the day
  • As mornings and nights can be chilly, we recommend bringing warm layers for early game drives and sundowners

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING TANZANIA IN AUGUST?

  • The drier climate makes for fewer mosquitoes
  • The Great Migration river crossings are still taking place in the northern Serengeti
  • The southern parks are less busy than northern parks and offer equally impressive game viewing at this time of year
  • Elephant are roaming around Tarangire National Park, and lots of animals are gathering around the Tarangire river
  • August is a good time to see lion and wild dog in the Selous Game Reserve
  • Katavi National Park’s floodplains dry up, so the wildlife heads to the Katuma river system in search of water, attracting predators, mostly lions
  • Wildlife congregates at the remaining water sources, making for superb game viewing, and the bush thins so many species are easier to spot
  • August is a good time for snorkelling in Zanzibar, as the water is so clear
  • There are numerous opportunities for wildlife photography throughout the month

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • August is a popular time to travel, so it’s necessary to book accommodation well in advance
  • As it’s peak season, prices are high
  • This is a school holidays month – there are lots of other travellers, especially in the northern parks
  • Dry land and no rain result in the air being filled with dust

RECOMMENDED SAFARIS TO TANZANIA IN AUGUST