Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? If you're planning to go to Dar es Salaam, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Based on the climate and weather in Dar es Salaam, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by month

January

If you visit Dar es Salaam during January, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

February

If you go to Dar es Salaam in February, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

March

If you are traveling to Dar es Salaam in March, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses

April

In April, Dar es Salaam is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Dar es Salaam, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

May

In May, Dar es Salaam is hot. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Dar es Salaam, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

June

If you visit Dar es Salaam during June, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear

July

If you visit Dar es Salaam during July, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

August

Traveling to Dar es Salaam in August, you will notice that it is hot and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

September

September in Dar es Salaam is hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

October in Dar es Salaam is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals

November

November in Dar es Salaam can be very hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses

December

If you vacation in Dar es Salaam during December, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Dar es Salaam, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Dar es Salaam
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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