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The best time to visit Zanzibar

Updated: Sep 28, 2023



The seasons

Contrary to what guidebooks may suggest, Zanzibar can be visited throughout the year, as it enjoys perpetual summertime. The air temperature remains above 20°C, even at night, and the Indian Ocean's water temperature fluctuates between 25°C and 28°C, owing to the island's equatorial location and tropical climate influenced by monsoon winds.

The northern monsoon (Kaskazi) lasts from December to March, lasting for three to four months and elevating temperatures to over 30° - 35°C. At this time, the coast is the most comfortable place to be, as there is often a gentle breeze.

The south-west monsoon (Kusi) prevails from April to November and brings with it the rainy season (Masika), which usually starts in March or April and continues until the end of May. The rainfall is not comparable to that in your home country. It occasionally rains heavily for a few hours, but the sun quickly comes out again.

During the rainy season, there are fewer tourists in Zanzibar, resulting in a more serene atmosphere and numerous special offers. The dry season from June to October offers comfortable traveling conditions with temperatures ranging between 25° - 28°C. Although there may be brief rainfall known as Vuli during this period, the majority of the time is characterized by sunny weather. In November, a short rainy season occurs, but with less precipitation than in April or May.


Dry season - rainy season

During the rainy season, there are fewer tourists in Zanzibar, resulting in a more serene atmosphere and numerous special offers. The dry season from June to October offers comfortable traveling conditions with temperatures ranging between 25° - 28°C. Although there may be brief rainfall known as Vuli during this period, the majority of the time is characterized by sunny weather. In November, a short rainy season occurs, but with less precipitation than in April or May.


Necessary clothing?

Due to its proximity to the equator, the intensity of sunshine in the area can be quite high, making it crucial to take precautions against sunburn, such as using a strong sunscreen. If you plan on going for a walk on the beach, wearing a hat or head covering is a good idea. Although temperatures in the evening are usually pleasant, it can get a bit windy at times, so it's advisable to bring a light sweater along.


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