​Weather & Climate – Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara National Park

Climate Chart Lake Manyara National Park – 934-1,325m / 3,064-4,347ft

* 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.

The climate in Lake Manyara National Park is pleasantly warm. Average temperatures are consistent throughout the year. It is very rarely extremely hot, but it is often chilly during the evening and early morning. Taking warm clothing along on early morning game drives is recommended.

Lake Manyara's Dry season is from June to October. The Wet season consists of two rainy periods: the short rains (November to December) and the long rains (March to May), with a dry spell in between. It rarely rains the whole day.

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Dry Season June to October

It is usually sunny and bright and it hardly ever rains.

  • June, July, August & September – Afternoon temperatures are normally around 26°C/79°F. Nighttime temperatures get as cold as 14°C/57°F. This cold weather remains in the morning, so be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes for early game drives.
  • October – It is possible for the short rains to begin in October.

Wet Season November to May

It is warm in the Wet season, with temperatures peaking in the afternoon around 28°C/82°F. Nighttime temperatures are around 19°C/66°F.

  • November & December'Short rains' – These rains last for about one month and can occur anytime between November and December. Afternoon showers may occur, but it is unusual for it to rain all day so this will have little impact on your trip.
  • January & February – A period of dry weather is likely between the two rainy seasons, although the timing is hard to predict.
  • March, April & May'Long rains' – Although it rains daily during the wettest months, it is unusual for it to last the whole day. It is mostly cloudy.

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