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Seasons in Zanzibar

Seasons in Zanzibar

September 24, 2018

Zanzibar in Tanzania might be one of the world’s most famous, exotic archipelagos on the planet. In many ways, Zanzibar is its own little world. It almost acts independently from mainland Tanzania, a function more of colonialism than of geography.

The Seasons In Zanzibar

As you consider a vacation to Zanzibar’s paradise beaches, pungent spice orchards, and world-class diving reefs, remember this: you are entering an island world, complete with its own weather and tides.

The following post outlines all your need-to-know info on Zanzibar’s island idiosyncrasies: weather patterns, tides, and beaches. If you have only one shot at making memories on Zanzibar, better to know ahead of time when to go and what part of the island might be affected most by tides.

When Is Best To Visit Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Seasons

Alright, first things first. No season claims totally off-limits on Zanzibar. Sure, there are rainier months and drier months, but, much like other tropical places, rainstorms arrive any time of year, downpour, then turn into a glorious warm sunny day. Again, we are on island time. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of weather and crowd control:

  • January – February: Hot and Dry. A popular time to visit, especially for diving and snorkeling. Clear waters. This falls at the end of school holidays, and northern climates are cold.
  • March – May:  Main Rains, Crowd Free. This is considered Zanzibar’s low season. You’ll find more rain and humidity during this time, but fewer crowds.
  • June – August: Dry, Cooler, Most Popular. These months are Zanzibar’s high season. You’ve just come out of the rainy season and into the cooler, dry months of spring.
  • September – October: Summer vacation, lots of visitors. Still great weather.
  • November – December: Short Rains. Zanzibar receives a more punctuated rainy season at the end of the year. Consider this a shoulder season with fewer travelers and better prices.


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