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Pemba island, Zanzibar Archipelago

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar Archipelago?

The Zanzibar Archipelago's dry season from July to September is a very popular time to travel. However, most times of year are worthwhile, with balmy temperatures and sunshine the norm. During the short rains in November and December, downpours are followed by blue skies, with only the peak of the 'long rains' in April and May being very wet.

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Zanzibar Archipelago Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Zanzibar Archipelago

Matemwe beach

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.

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