​Weather & Climate – Arusha NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Climate Chart Arusha National Park

Climate Chart Arusha National Park – 1,280-4,217m / 4,199-13,835ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Arusha National Park's climate is normally pleasant and mild. It is usually cool to cold at night and in the early morning and it rarely gets hot during the day. It is important to pack warm clothing for use in the evenings and game drives in the early morning.

The Dry season is from June to September, and there are two Wet seasons: the 'long rains' (March to May) and the 'short rains' (November to December). The rainy season consists of afternoon thundershowers, but it would be rare for it to rain all day. Arusha NP incorporates Mount Meru and the area at the base of the mountain and tends to get slightly more rain and clouds.

Dry Season June to October

Temperatures in the afternoon are generally around 19°C/66°F. Sunny weather and clear skies are common during the day.

  • June, July, August & September – Expect cold nights with temperatures around 9°C/48°F at a minimum. There can be occasional cold fronts with temperatures near freezing. Warm clothes are strongly recommended for early morning game drives.
  • October – The 'short rains' could start in October when they arrive early.

Wet Season November to May

The Wet season's temperatures are mild, similar to the Dry season's. Temperatures in the afternoon are usually around 23°C/73F°, while temperatures at night are around 11°C/52°F.

  • November & December'Short rains' – A month-long time of unpredictable rains usually occurring between November and December. The rains rarely affect your safari since it is unusual to rain all day long during this time. Showers during the afternoon are likely.
  • January & February – Usually, there is a dry period between the rains that is not possible to predict with accuracy.
  • March, April & May'Long rains' – These months are the wettest. It rains most days, but rarely all day long. Clouds are common.

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