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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 feels hot and exotic at almost any time. I really like it during the short rains of November and December because there are fewer people and good deals, the showers give me a rest from the sun and the weather is still a million times better than at home.

Erin, Africa Safari Specialist

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

Stone Town, Zanzibar Island

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.

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