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Weather & Climate in Serengeti

While the weather in Serengeti National Park tends to be relatively pleasant and consistent throughout the year, the region does experience two wet seasons. Read our Serengeti climate guide to plan ahead!

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Temperatures

The average temperature in Serengeti is fairly consistent throughout the year. The region will see highs of about 27°C (80°F), and lows of about 14°C (57°F). 

AVG TEMP °CAVG TEMP °F
January18°C64°F
February19°C66°F
March19°C66°F
April18°C64°F
May18°C64°F
June17°C63°F
July16°C61°F
August17°C63°F
September18°C64°F
October19°C66°F
November18°C64°F
December18°C64°F

Rainfall patterns

Serengeti National Park has two wet seasons. The first, from March to May, is known as the “long rains,” while the second, from November to December, is known as the “short rains.” The average rainfall in the Serengeti ranges from about 900 to 1000 millimetres per year throughout the park. 

Serengeti weather in summer (June, July, August, September)

  • Generally, the weather in Serengeti National Park throughout the summer months will be around 25°C (77°F) 
  • Skies will usually be bright and clear
  • Cold fronts have been known to occasionally blow through, with temperatures dropping close to freezing (especially at night) 
  • As this is the dry season, don’t expect to see much rain, though an occasional shower isn’t unheard of
The dry season (from June to October) will provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities, as the Great Migration will take place around this time. 

Pro tip: Wear clothing that will keep you cool while also protecting you from the sun, such as a wide-brimmed hat. In the evenings, try to cover exposed skin as much as possible to avoid mosquito bites and the risk of malaria. Don't forget to pack warm clothes in case it gets cold during the night. 
 

Serengeti weather in January and February

  • January and February marks the period of time between the two wet seasons and travellers can expect a brief reprieve from the rain in these months
  • Expect moderate temperatures around 25°C (77°F) during the day and about 14°C (57°F) at night

Serengeti weather during the wet season

Serengeti National Park experiences two wet seasons.

  1. The first, from March to May, tend to see rain every day, with cloudy weather and temperatures ranging from 26°C (79°F) to 15°C (59°F)
  2. The second wet season, November to December, sees similar temperatures but unpredictable bouts of rain.

Pro tip: The important thing to remember is that, while Serengeti National Park experiences wet seasons, it rarely rains all day. 

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