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Zanzibar – Best time to go

Best time to visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 19–32°C and a relative humidity of 57–73%. The dry season, from July to September, is a popular time to visit while November and December consist of heavy showers interspersed with bright blue skies.

We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls. 

Best times to visit

Dry Season

Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures. 

Rainy Season

Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine. 

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
27ºC
89mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in March

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
26ºC
153mm

Average weather in April

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
26ºC
401mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
26ºC
255mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
25ºC
68mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
24ºC
48mm

Average weather in August

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
24ºC
47mm

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
25ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
25ºC
97mm

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
26ºC
226mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Zanzibar
27ºC
194mm