When is the best time of year to visit the Zanzibar?

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it’s hot and dry. Zanzibar has two rainy seasons, from mid-March to late May and again in November. Actually, there is no bad time to visit Zanzibar. If you’re dreaming of indulging in some water activities in the ocean, it’s better to stick to the drier months which coincide with the slightly higher summer temperatures.

With beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and a variety of exciting activities, Zanzibar is one of the authentic trans-seasonal coastal destinations in Africa. Given its tropical climate and great weather, it’s always a good time to visit the East African Island. The island welcomes travellers from all over the world every season of the year.

Zanzibar is located just south of the equator which means that the average day and night temperatures vary little, from warm to hot, throughout the year. February is the hottest month with a daily average of 28°C (82°F), and July the mildest, with an average of 24°C (75°F). There are effectively two seasons – dry and wet – the ‘long and short rains’ season. However, the wet season is characterised by heavy, sudden downpours on some days, but these showers usually quickly disperse only to leave a refreshed atmosphere, with the sun beating down.

During the dry season, a cool sea breeze stops the temperature from getting unpleasantly hot. The best time to visit the island is from June to October, during the cool dry season. December to February is also another popular time : full summer, end of year vacations, the warmest waters and a festive spirit. The dry season is a special time for visitors who want to get drenched under the sun and get a tan, relax around the palm-fringed beaches or walk around the beautiful beachfront lodges. July and August, and then February and March are the best times to experience scuba diving. You can enjoy diving activities on the north coast from June to October, and on the south coast from November to March.

June to October – High Season

The long dry season is the high season in Zanzibar, and it occurs from June to October. It is a good time to visit the island. The temperature is warm, pleasant and friendly. The rain is either little or none during this season. If you want to be on the beach, this is a perfect time. The island is active, and bubbles with events. during these months especially at Kendwa Beach, Nungwi Beach, and Stone Town. Stone Town, a World Heritage Site is charming during this season and the lush green environment is more pleasant to witness during this period.

Around this time, many visitors combine the ‘bush’, the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration experience with Zanzibar island holiday. Zanzibar is easily accessible from Serengeti as there are flights to and from the island daily.


Island Hopping

Scuba diving


Island excursions

April and May – Wet Season

Just like other destinations, Zanzibar weather can be unpredictable. It is known that the island has warm temperature and sunshine all year round. But it is important that you understand that there is equally a wet season with short or long rains. There may be heavy downpours sometimes and during this period, many hotels are closed due to low patronage.


Snorkeling in February

Coral Reef activities

Christmas Festival

All activities & tours

March to May – Monsoon

From March to May is the Low Season. During this season, the island is enchanting while the seas are rough. You may not want to visit the island during Monsoons because some areas are inaccessible and many of the oceanfront hotels are closed. However, with the daily temperatures rarely below 24°C (75°F), it is never cold. This is the best time to witness the Swahili and Zanzibari culture at a low cost. You can also spend quality time in Stone Town, exploring the streets and markets and learning about the history and culture of the island.