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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.

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 snorkeling 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 travelers, especially in the northern parks
  • Dry land and no rain result in the air being filled with dust

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