Tanzania in July: Weather, Festivals, And More

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The dry weather condition in Tanzania in July makes it a great time to tour Tanzania to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration, explore the breathtaking Ngorongoro Conservation Area, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and more. As July falls in the middle of the high tourist season in Tanzania, tour and accommodation rates could be a bit on the expensive side. That said, the country is in its prime around this time of year. Travelers will get to enjoy all the high-season perks and facilities in Tanzania in July.

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Tanzania Weather in July

A dromedary camel spotted in the hot and dry season of Tanzania.
The one-humped camel, also known as a dromedary camel, is most adapted to the arid and hot conditions present in Tanzania during the month of July.

Tanzania's weather in July is typically hot and dry, with temperatures averaging between 27°C and 32°C. Daytime temperatures in the northern region, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, typically hover between 25°C and 35°C. At night, the mercury shifts down anywhere between 15°C and 20°C. You will find cooler conditions in the south, where temperatures average between 24°C and 29°C. The dry weather in Tanzania in July makes for excellent conditions for outdoor activities, like a wildlife safari.
If you want a more generalized view of each season in Tanzania, you can go through our guide on the best time to visit Tanzania.

Weather in Tanzania in July - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jun Jul Aug
Avg Daily (°C) 29 27 28
Avg Nightly (°C) 19 18 17
Avg Daily (°F) 85 81 83
Avg Nightly (°F) 67 65 63
Avg Rainfall (mm) 40 30 30

Why Visit Tanzania in July?

Map of Tanzania under spilled coffee beans
Coffee is the main cash crop of Tanzania, harvested from July through December in the country.
Wild animals in a national park in Tanzania
Animals can easily be spotted in national parks during the hot and dry weather in Tanzania in July.

July offers a unique opportunity for travelers to experience the beauty of Tanzania. Here are some reasons why you should visit Tanzania in July:

  • Start of Great Wildebeest Migration: Mid-July is the prime time to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti, where thousands of wildebeest make their way across the savannah to Masai Mara in Kenya. The dry weather also makes it easier to spot other animals, such as zebras, gazelles, elephants, leopards, and lions.
  • Cultural festivals: Serengeti Cultural Festival is an annual event that draws people from across the world to Serengeti National Park and the Lake Zone. It is one of the top festivals of Tanzania, featuring traditional art and dance performances — an excellent opportunity to learn more about local culture.
    In Zanzibar, the festival of Mwaka Kogwa is celebrated in July. It marks the Persian new year and the celebrations sometimes extend up to the first week of August .
  • Coffee harvesting season: Coffee plantations of Tanzania are a sight to behold in July, when you will get to see the lush green fields of coffee plants adorned with bright yellow and red ripe coffee cherries. This is also a great time to gain first-hand experience of the coffee harvesting process.
  • Relaxation and outdoor fun: July is a great time to visit Tanzania if you are looking to mix a relaxed holiday experience with some outdoor activities. Head to Zanzibar to enjoy some of the best beaches in the world. Once you have had your fill of beach fun, book a safari tour in one of the many national parks of Tanzania, or test your endurance by hiking up the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Where to go and WHAT to do

A wide angle shot of Ngorongoro Crater taken from afar
The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites boasting a large human and wildlife population.

Tanzania offers various places to visit in July, each with unique charm and attractions.

Visit Serengeti National Park to catch the awe-inspiring sight of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The dry weather also makes it easier to spot other wildlife species. Keep your eyes peeled, for you might spot all the Big Five—black rhino, leopard, lion, African elephant, and Cape buffalo.

Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a Unesco World Heritage Site, which is one of the best places for wildlife viewing, and the dry weather makes it the perfect time to go on a safari.

For adventure seekers, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an interesting activity to experience in July. The dry, hot weather makes it an ideal time to take on the challenge of climbing Africa's highest mountain.

If you are looking for a more relaxed and peaceful experience, the southern highlands of Tanzania are a great option. More particularly, you can visit Iringac and Mbeya regions, popular for their coffee and tea plantations.

What to Bring

Woman cycling around Zanzibar Beach in light breathable clothes.
Cycle around Zanzibar in your light breathable clothes.

When visiting Tanzania in July, it is essential to bring light, breathable clothing, and sun protection. Pack comfortable shoes for walking and hiking. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also essential. In addition, it is important to carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated in the hot weather. If you are planning to go on a safari, bring binoculars to view the wildlife better. A small flashlight would be helpful for early morning or evening activities.

A visit to Tanzania in July is a decision you won't regret making. The East African country has a lot to offer its visitors, from wildlife viewing and outdoor activities to cultural immersion and relaxation. There are several activities to keep you engaged.

Reach out to our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to Tanzania.

For more inspiration, check out our guide on safaris in Tanzania.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on April 16, 2023

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