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.
Erin, Africa Safari Specialist
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.
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|
Month-by-month guide to travelling in Zanzibar Archipelago
- January - February Jan - Feb
- March Mar
- April - May Apr - May
- June - September Jun - Sep
- October Oct
- November - December Nov - Dec
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 snorkellers.
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 onwards.
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.
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