​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 – 954-2,055m / 3,130-6,742ft

* 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 NP is mild and temperate. Average temperatures are consistent throughout the year. It is very rarely hot enough to be uncomfortable, but it is almost always cold during the evening and early morning. Taking warm clothing along on early morning game drives is recommended.

Manyara's Dry season is from June to September. The Wet seasons consist of 'long rains', which occur from March to May, and 'short rains' occurring from October to November. It rarely rains the whole day.

Dry Season June to October

It is usually sunny and bright.

  • June, July, August & September – Afternoon temperatures are usually around 24°C/75°F. Average evening 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

Temperatures remain mild during the Wet season, peaking in the afternoon around 27°C/81°F. Night time temperatures are around 16°C/61°F.

  • November & December'Short rains' – These rains last 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 it will have little impact on your trip.
  • January & February – A period of dryness 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. Clouds are usually present.

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