When is the best time to go to Zanzibar?

When is the best time to go to Zanzibar? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Zanzibar, the weather is good everywhere in January, February, June, July, August, September and October
  • The best months to go to Stone Town are January, February, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months in Stone Town are January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December
  • April is the wettest month in this city
  • The cities with the best climate are Kilindoni (Mafia Island), Bweni, Chole Bay and Utende, with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Stone Town are January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December


Annual weather in Zanzibar

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Zanzibar for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 79°F to 88°F
5 to 7 days*
February 85°F
4 to 8 days*
March 86°F
13 to 15 days*
April 77°F to 86°F
20 to 24 days*
May 76°F to 85°F
13 to 21 days*
June 72°F to 85°F
3 to 9 days*
July 72°F to 83°F
3 to 5 days*
August 79°F
2 to 5 days*
September 81°F
3 to 4 days*
October 83°F
6 to 9 days*
November 85°F
11 to 13 days*
December 85°F
10 to 15 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Zanzibar by cities

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Stone Town

Stone Town

The best months to go to Stone Town are january, february, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Kilindoni (Mafia Island)

Kilindoni (Mafia Island)

The best months to go to Kilindoni (Mafia Island) are january, february, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Nungwi (Unguja Island)

Nungwi (Unguja Island)

The best months to go to Nungwi (Unguja Island) are january, february, june, july, august, september, october and november.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Zanzibar

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Zanzibar and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Stone Town, Kilindoni (Mafia Island), Nungwi (Unguja Island), Wete (Pemba Island) and Kiwengwa, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Zanzibar

Find out when Zanzibar has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Zanzibar

The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The number of visitors to Zanzibar is high in: January, February, November and December.

  • Very low season in Zanzibar: June.
  • Low season in Zanzibar: March, April, May, July, August, September and October.
  • High season in Zanzibar: January, February and November.
  • Peek season in Zanzibar: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Zanzibar month by month

Where to go in Zanzibar?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Stone Town86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Kilindoni (Mafia Island)88°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F
Nungwi (Unguja Island)86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Wete (Pemba Island)85°F85°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F79°F81°F83°F85°F85°F
Kiwengwa86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Pingwe86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Bawe Island86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Bwejuu86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Bweni88°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F
Changuu (Prison island)86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Chapwani Island86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Chole Bay88°F90°F90°F86°F85°F85°F83°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F
Chumbe Island86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Chwaka86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Fumba86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Jambiani86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Jozani86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Kangani85°F85°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F79°F81°F83°F85°F85°F
Kendwa86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Kizimkazi86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F86°F

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Is this weather information for Zanzibar reliable?

Climate data for Zanzibar has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Zanzibar allows us to determine the average for each month in Stone Town, Kilindoni (Mafia Island), Nungwi (Unguja Island), Wete (Pemba Island), Kiwengwa, Pingwe, Bawe Island, Bwejuu, and 24 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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