Tanzania in January: Weather, Tips, and More

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January is the perfect time for a Tanzania trip if you are looking to indulge in some heavy adventure. The month falls within the short dry season of the country, which immediately follows the short rainy season in November and December. The landscapes are lush and green during this time, providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. Dry and sunny weather conditions of Tanzania in January are also Ideal for relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar or hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Tanzania Weather in January

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Conquer the tallest African peak with lesser crowds and perfect weather conditions in January.

January is part of the short dry season in Tanzania when the weather is generally hot and dry, with clear skies and warm temperatures.
The average daytime temperatures in Tanzania range from the mid to high twenties, while the humidity levels are also generally low. The weather conditions can vary from place to place, as Tanzania is a vast country. The coastal regions, for example, are more humid and may experience occasional rain showers, while the inland areas are typically drier.

For a seasonal overview of Tanzania, check out our guide on the best time to visit Tanzania.

Weather in Tanzania in January - Rainfall and Temperatures

Dec Jan Feb
Avg Daily (°C) 30 31 31
Avg Nightly (°C) 22 23 22
Avg Daily (°F) 86 88 88
Avg Nightly (°F) 72 74 72
Avg Rainfall (mm) 100 90 120

Why Visit Tanzania in January?

Woman encounters a giraffe up close while on a game drive in Tanzania.
Set out on a game drive adventure to witness the wildlife in Tanzania during January.
Pink flamingos in Lake Manyara.
Spot hundreds of pink flamingos in Lake Manyara while on our January trip to Tanzania.

 January is an excellent time to experience Tanzania’s natural beauty, wildlife, and culture in comfortable weather conditions. Here are some reasons why you should visit Tanzania in January:

  • Wildlife viewing: Tanzania’s short rainy season typically ends in December, meaning the landscape is still lush and green in January. It also suggests an abundance of food and water for animals. This is the perfect time for wildlife viewing, as animals are more active and visible. January in Tanzania is also the calving season for wildebeest and zebras, which can be a spectacular sight.
  • Bird watching: January is an excellent time for bird watching as many migratory bird species arrive in Tanzania from the northern hemisphere to breed, adding to the already diverse resident bird population. Whether you go on a Serengeti National Park safari, Lake Manyara National Park safari, or Arusha National Park safari, you're sure to witness a variety of bird species in January. These parks are home to hundreds of bird species, including colorful kingfishers, eagles, vultures, ostriches, flamingos, and many more.
  • Fewer crowds: January is a low season for tourism in Tanzania, which means you will have more opportunities to experience the country’s natural beauty, wildlife, and culture without the crowds.
  • Trekking season: Trekking in Tanzania in January can be a fantastic experience, as it is the middle of the dry season. Trekking in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Usambara Mountains, and the Selous Game Reserve can make for a great experience with low precipitation and clearer views. January is the perfect time for climbing Kilimanjaro as the dry weather reduces the chances of encountering rain, and the views from the top of the mountain are generally clearer.
  • Festivals and events: The Ngorongoro Festival takes place in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which celebrates the Maasai culture and includes traditional music, dance performances, and art exhibitions.

Where to Go and What to Do

A kid holding a starfish while snorkeling in Zanzibar.
Experience the vibrant underwater world of Zanzibar in January, where crystal clear waters and tropical marine life await.

If you plan a trip to Tanzania in January, you are in for a real treat. This is a fantastic time to explore the country's natural beauty and cultural offerings. Start by trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. The dry weather in January makes for a great climb, and the views from the summit are worth every step of the way.

If you are more interested in wildlife, January is an excellent time for game drives and wildlife watching in Tanzania. January is also part of the calving season for animals like wildebeest and zebras, which can make wildlife sightings even more interesting.

Tour Zanzibar beaches, where you can laze the days away on golden sands between swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Explore Zanzibar's historical and cultural sites, such as the Unesco-listed Stone Town and its bustling, vibrant markets.

Tanzania in January is a destination full of adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you are looking to climb a mountain, spot wildlife, or immerse yourself in local culture, Tanzania has something for everyone.

What to Bring

Woman dancing with the Zanzibar beach waves.
Feel the breezy waters of Zanzibar, dancing with the waves.

If you are planning a trip to Tanzania in January, there are a few essential items you should consider packing.

In January, Tanzania is warm, so it is vital to pack comfortable clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Also, do not forget sun protection like sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as the sun can be pretty intense.

It is also a good idea to bring insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay and a basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers.

From soaking up the breathtaking scenery to spotting wildlife to trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, January is the perfect time to enjoy all the sights and attractions Tanzania offers.

Planning a trip can be daunting, but you do not have to do it alone. Let our team of travel professionals help you create a customized Tanzania trip for your adventure.

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Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on August 8, 2023

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