Tanzania

Tanzania in January

January weather and where to go

Where you visit in Tanzania will have a great effect on the weather you experience in January. The chart below shows the averages for the Serengeti throughout the month and the comparative average rainfall in Zanzibar.

Humidity is usually very high in January but as the Ngorongoro Crater is at high altitude you don’t feel the heat here as much as you would in other parts of the country. This is probably the best place in Tanzania to spot rhinos and this will be an even greater experience than later in the year as there will be less tourists.

Broadly speaking January is part of the wet season (November to May) however, you can experience a short dry season in the northern parks such as the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro during January and February.

Western parks such as Gombe, Mahale and Kavati are likely to have continuous rain throughout the wet season so are perhaps best avoided during this time. Trekking surfaces can become muddy and sometimes even impassable during this rainy season so chimpanzee treks are more difficult.

If you want to combine your safari trip to Tanzania with a beach visit, January is a good time to head to Zanzibar. Although it can be very humid in Tanzania during the wet season, the sea breeze in Zanzibar tempers the climate making it a pleasant place to get some winter sun. We would recommend booking accommodation with air-conditioning though as evenings can be sultry. 

Late January sees the calving season begin with antelope, zebra and wildebeest delivering their offspring while the landscape is green and there is plenty of water in the parks. Some of the parks surrounding Ndutu can get very busy during this time so be sure to book your accommodation in advance.

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