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November is the beginning of the off-peak season in Tanzania, which is marked by brief rain spells. But this can be one of the best times to visit this East African country, known for its vast wilderness and rich wildlife. For one, this is an excellent time to witness the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Then there are also the low-season perks like sparse tourist crowds and attractive travel deals; pearly-white beaches all yours to claim, and abundant biodiversity to explore. Tour Tanzania in November and you will have a holiday experience beyond expectations.
- Ioan Christian
- From USA
Tanzania in November sees sporadic rain showers, but just enough to awaken the country’s dry landscape. Temperatures reach highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C during this time. If you brave the rain, you will be rewarded with lively, verdant views of the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and plenty of other reserves. This is also the time of year when Tanzania receives much migrant wildlife coming in from Kenya.
To get a clearer picture, check out our guide on the best time to visit Tanzania.
Weather in Tanzania in November - Rainfall and Temperatures
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|Avg Nightly (°C)||23||22||22||22||20||19||18||17||17||19||21||22|
|Avg Daily (°F)||88||88||88||86||83||85||81||83||85||86||86||86|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||74||72||72||72||68||67||65||63||63||67||70||72|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||90||120||170||240||210||40||30||30||20||80||130||100|
|Avg Daily (°C)||30||30||30|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||19||21||22|
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|Avg Nightly (°F)||67||70||72|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||80||130||100|
Tanzania enters its short rainy season, which is accompanied by bright yet refreshing sunny days, in November. Our travel experts reckon this is one of the best times to visit Tanzania, and here are some of the reasons why:
- Wildebeest migration: Spotting the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, African elephant, and Cape buffalo—may be the highlight of an African safari, but witnessing the wildebeest migration is also nothing short of spectacular. If you are in Tanzania in November, this is your opportunity to encounter the massive wildebeest migration on the trip to Serengeti National Park.
- Less crowd: November is one of the best times to visit Tanzania because it happens to be the low season when travelers are few and far between. This gives you the opportunity to explore Tanzania's attractions at your own pace with a lot less distraction. Planning a vacation in Tanzania in November is definitely a smarter choice for travelers who wish to explore the country’s wilderness to its fullest.
- Affordable costs: Besides sparse tourist crowds, the low season also makes travel and accommodation fares affordable, which is always welcome. Cheaper flight rates mean you will be able to afford to travel and explore the great length and breadth of the country without denting your wallet.
- Snorkeling experience: November is the best time to explore the seafloor of Tanzania. Mafia Island is nothing short of a paradise, with its beautiful coral reefs and rich marine life, including the whale shark, the world’s largest fish species.
The southern safari parks in Tanzania witness a full commotion with wildlife herds migrating in search of food in November. The main highlight here, Nyerere National Park, puts up a full-fledged show of wildlife in action during this time of year. The Mahale and Gombe national parks in the western region are perfect destinations for chimpanzee treks. Take a look at our guide for safaris in Tanzania for a complete overview.
November offers a good blend of breeze and temperature for travelers in Tanzania, but not for those wanting to take on the mighty Kilimanjaro. Unpredictable rain showers and low visibility make the climb too risky an affair. But take heart, what you missed in Kilimanjaro during your trip to Tanzania in November will be compensated for by its stunning beaches. The Mafia and Pemba Islands, with their gleaming sands and azure waters, are absolute bliss. Go on a fishing excursion or a deep dive into the submarine paradise of the land to make the best of your holiday.
Tanzania combines the perks of both the wet and high seasons, wherein you get to see predators in action, the wildebeest migration, as well as exotic birds and aquatic species during the month of November. Crowd-free attractions and affordable travel and accommodation fares are an added plus to make your trip all the more worthwhile.
For a hassle-free trip to Tanzania, consider booking customized tours. Reach out to our local travel experts if you are interested in a personalized itinerary.