Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Stone Town, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has changed little in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, except April and May which are seasonally subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterized by short showers.
- Dry season – The dry season is from June to October.
- Short rains – Short rains are from November to December (these are light, intermittent rains). Temperatures can soar to well over 30 degrees.
- Long rains – The long rains are from March until May. Rain in Zanzibar comes in short, sharp showers in the morning or afternoon, followed by the return of the sunshine.
When to Visit
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is between June and October the weather is cooler and less humid. December to February is also popular (although it is quite hot, it is also dry).
The coolest months are June through October when the temperature averages 26 Celsius.
Best Time for Scuba Diving
The best time for Scuba diving is July & August as well as February & March are great times to go diving. Between June and October head to the north coast dive sites, and between November and March, you’ll want to be south.
Best Time for Kite Surfing
The best time for kite surfing is during the Kaskasi wind blows south to north from June to October, while the Kusini blows north to south from December to April (although don’t come later than March because that’s when the long rains usually begin).
Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Beach Holidays packages
Tanzania offers something for everyone. Spectacular wildlife and landscapes, tropical paradise islands with white sands, turquoise waters and rich cultural history. There are countless opportunities for adventure, romance, relaxation and forging unforgettable memories. Many of our guests choose to bookend their safari with time in Zanzibar, creating one of the most perfect holidays imaginable. Your Done Adventure Consultant will help you to design the perfect itinerary, matching your travel dates, budget and preferences