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Weather


The weather is practically perfect in East Africa. Sunny and balmy throughout the year, average temperatures range between low to mid-70s year-round with slightly warmer temperatures in summer (November through March) and slightly cooler temperatures in winter (May through August). Despite the fact that East Africa lies on the equator, the region’s high elevation (averaging 5,000 feet above sea level), keeps the air mild and pleasant. Temperature variance is determined more by region than by season: upcountry areas such as Mount Kenya and the Aberdares at 7,000 feet can be cool, while the drier bush country is warmer and the sea level regions of Mombasa and Zanzibar quite tropical.

Travellers often ask about the romantic “rains” of East Africa. The “short rains” traditionally arrive in November while the “long rains” arrive around April. Even during the rains, however, the sun usually shines for a part of the day—in fact, many experienced Africa hands enjoy safariing during this time as the bush is lush, green and quiet. It’s worth noting that worldwide changes in weather patterns due to global warming have also affected East Africa. We’ve noticed that the arrival of the rains is not as predictable as in past years, which has also affected wildlife and migration patterns. Still, we get luxury safari weather!

Please note: At the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, it can get quite cold—sometimes below freezing.

Nairobi

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

50°F (10°C)

77°F (25°C)

February

51°F (11°C)

80°F (27° C)

March

53°F (12°C)

80°F (27°C)

April

56°F (14°C)

77°F (25°C)

May

53°F (12°C)

74°F (23°C)

June

50°F (10°C)

72°F (22°C)

July

48°F (9°C)

71°F (22°C)

August

48°F (9°C)

72°F (22°C)

September

49°F (9°C)

77°F (25°C)

October

52°F (11°C)

78°F (26°C)

November

54°F (12°C)

75°F (24°C)

December

53°F (12°C)

75°F (24°C)

Tarangire National Park

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

59°F (15°C)

77°F (25°C)

February

57°F (14°C)

77°F (25° C)

March

57°F (14°C)

77°F (25°C)

April

59°F (15°C)

75°F (24°C)

May

55°F (13°C)

74°F (23°C)

June

52°F (11°C)

71°F (22°C)

July

52°F (11°C)

74°F (23°C)

August

52°F (11°C)

74°F (23°C)

September

54°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

October

55°F (13°C)

80°F (27°C)

November

57°F (14°C)

80°F (27°C)

December

59°F (15°C)

78°F (26°C)


Maasai Mara

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28°C)

February

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28° C)

March

53°F (12°C)

81°F (27°C)

April

55°F (13°C)

79°F (26°C)

May

55°F (13°C)

76°F (25°C)

June

53°F (12°C)

76°F (25°C)

July

52°F (11°C)

76°F (25°C)

August

53°F (12°C)

76°F (25°C)

September

52°F (11°C)

80°F (27°C)

October

53°F (12°C)

82°F (28°C)

November

53°F (12°C)

80°F (27°C)

December

53°F (12°C)

80°F (27°C)


Serengeti

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

February

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29° C)

March

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

April

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

May

60°F (16°C)

80°F (27°C)

June

58°F (15°C)

80°F (27°C)

July

57°F (14°C)

79°F (26°C)

August

58°F (15°C)

80°F (27°C)

September

58°F (15°C)

82°F (28°C)

October

60°F (16°C)

84°F (29°C)

November

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

December

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

*Please note: At the rim of the crater, it can get quite cold—sometimes below freezing. Please plan accordingly.

Ngorongoro Crater

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

50°F (10°C)

84°F (29°C)

February

50°F (10°C)

85°F (29° C)

March

52°F (11°C)

85°F (29°C)

April

54°F (12°C)

83°F (28°C)

May

52°F (11°C)

79°F (26°C)

June

48°F (9°C)

78°F (26°C)

July

47°F (8°C)

78°F (26°C)

August

48°F (9°C)

80°F (27°C)

September

50°F (10°C)

82°F (28°C)

October

52°F (11°C)

84°F (29°C)

November

52°F (11°C)

85°F (29°C)

December

52°F (11°C)

84°F (29°C)