The best time to visit the Zanzibar Archipelago is from July to September — the dry season. However, travel is good at most times of the year, due to frequent sunshine and balmy temperatures between 28°C and 34°C.
The only time when rain would affect your trip is during April and May, the peak of the long rains. The short rains in November and December are less disruptive, with downpours followed by blue skies.
Month-by-month guide for traveling in Zanzibar Archipelago
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in January - February
A great time to visit — the days are hot and sunny and the sea is at its clearest, making it an excellent time for divers and snorkelers.
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in March
The weather starts to turn as Zanzibar enters the period known as the 'long rains' and showers become more frequent. It can be very wet from the middle of March onward.
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in April - May
The 'long rains' of April and May make the beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline hot and very wet, so this isn't the best time to travel.
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in June - September
The rains have finished for the most part, with some light showers still possible, making it a beautiful time to visit for whiling away the hours lounging on the beaches or exploring Stone Town.
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in October
As the mercury slowly starts to rise a few more showers are possible, but these are normally interspersed with sunny spells and shouldn't affect your stay.
Visiting Zanzibar Archipelago in November - December
The short rains are starting and the temperature is hotter. The showers are usually short-lived, allowing you to retreat to the bar or for a massage before coming back out when the sun returns.
Zanzibar Archipelago Climate Guide
|Chumbe Private Island||33°C 65mm||34°C 66mm||34°C 133mm||31°C 303mm||30°C 231mm||30°C 52mm||29°C 38mm||30°C 33mm||31°C 40mm||31°C 72mm||32°C 151mm||33°C 134mm|
|Pemba Island||31°C 45mm||32°C 38mm||32°C 107mm||30°C 346mm||29°C 396mm||29°C 130mm||28°C 89mm||28°C 67mm||29°C 56mm||30°C 108mm||30°C 157mm||31°C 92mm|
|Zanzibar Island||33°C 66mm||34°C 69mm||34°C 172mm||32°C 385mm||31°C 293mm||30°C 82mm||29°C 61mm||30°C 42mm||31°C 42mm||32°C 72mm||33°C 136mm||33°C 128mm|
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