Tanzania

Tanzania in May

May weather and when to go

Officially May still continues the long rainy season (maisika) however, in recent years May has been surprisingly dry so it is really difficult to predict. If the rains do persist they are unlikely to perpetuate the whole day on the mainland. The chart above shows the averages for the Serengeti throughout the month and the comparative average rainfall in Zanzibar

On Zanzibar however, it is possible for rains to pour every day for weeks on end, again making this time of year less favourable. You can see from the table below the average monthly rainfall for Zanzibar is 261mm. That is the most of any month in Tanzania! 

The eastern side of Zanzibar remains relatively cheap before the main dry season starts and if you’re lucky you could receive consecutive dry, sunny days but this may be taking a risk.

Most big wildlife has left Tarangire National Park by this time so is not the best time to visit, but May is a great time to head to Moru Kopjes in the Serengeti as many wildebeest are passing through before heading north.

Towards the end of the month as the rains start to pass you may be fortunate enough to have numerous dry days. A positive factor of travelling at this time is that there is notably less dust around due to the ground still remaining damp, and also significantly fewer tourists. As the climate changes over the years no one can guarantee when the rains will stop so this could be a great time to get cheap prices yet fair weather for your safari.

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