Best Time to Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a culturally and historically rich island that has drawn explorers, mariners, and traders from all over the world. The Zanzibar archipelago is made up of the larger islands of Pemba and Unguja in the Indian Ocean (also called Zanzibar Island). Due to the amazing array of spices grown on the island’s various plantations, Zanzibar is also known as the “Spice Island.”

Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a maze of winding alleys, lively shops, ornately carved wooden doors, stunning mosques, and opulent Arab mansions. The Jozani Forest Reserve, which is home to the rare Kirk’s red colobus monkey and Aders’ duiker, is another must-see sight in Zanzibar.

Popular times to visit Zanzibar

Travel to Zanzibar is most popular from June to October. During this time, the weather is pleasant and consistent, and visitors can bask in the bright sunbeams dancing across the Indian Ocean. Thousands of tourists flock to Zanzibar during these months, so a lot of hotels and resorts offer special deals to stay competitive. Long-stay discounts and free nights’ accommodation are just a few examples.

If you’re visiting Zanzibar Island in November and early December, you’ll come across sporadic and light rain. From January to March, the climate is hot and dry, which is often considered the best time to visit Zanzibar. These months are quieter than the season between June and October, so visitors can find great deals and wider availability. If you are planning a vacation to Zanzibar and would like additional information or recommendations on the best time to visit and where to stay, please contact us here.

Other times to visit

While many people think of Zanzibar as an island with year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, it’s vital to remember that the island has long periods of rain. Tropical downpours occur often during April and May. Because of this, the majority of hotels on Zanzibar’s island are closed for these two months.

Over the Christmas and New Year season, it is common to see a rise in accommodation and tour rates, not just in Zanzibar but any holiday destination in the world. However, these rates vary depending on the accommodation you opt for. The hotels in Zanzibar are likely to have a minimum night stay requirement, or promote fully-inclusive holiday packages. The festive season in Zanzibar is a popular time to visit, and it’s easy to see why, with many hotels offering special meals, local entertainment, and romantic celebrations.

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Mnemba Island Tour

Mnemba Island Tour is a fantastic sea safari experience that should not be missed.

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Dolphin Tour

The Kizimkazi Dolphin Tour provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.

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Villages Tour

This tour takes you to Zanzibar villages, where you will have the chance to experience rural Zanzibar life.
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