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Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar 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 characterised 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.

Culture

Tradition, culture, music and sports are just a few of the subjects covered by Zanzibar’s wide selection of Festivals and Events.

Zanzibar Beaches

The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

When to go to Zanzibar

Find out wheres best to go for each month

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January Dry season Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year. This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
February Dry season Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year. This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world. The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Wet season

The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms. Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.
April Wet season Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.
May Wet season Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period. Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.
June Dry season At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month. Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up. Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.
July Dry season Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up. Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall. Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.
August Dry season Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up. Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
September Dry season Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall. There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
October Dry season The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more. Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall. There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
November Wet season Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind. If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off. This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world. The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
December Dry season Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind. This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world. Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

28°C
Thunderstorms
Friday
6:4 am
6:33 pm
Min: 25°C
Max: 30°C
75%
34236.40
ENE 12.87 km/h

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