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Helen Kennedy
Helen Kennedy Africa Travel Specialist
"Smell the spice, hear the chatter of the ladies picking seaweed and swim in the azure ocean... Zanzibar is a delight for the senses."

Best Time To Visit Zanzibar

When to go

As Zanzibar is close to the equator, temperatures range between 20-31°C year round. The long rains fall in April and May; and most beach lodges are closed for these months, reopening in June. The short rains fall in November and sometimes in December, but these tend to be cloudbursts, which can in fact occur at almost any time of year. 

When to go to Zanzibar - Climate Chart

Getting there

British Airways and Kenya Airways operate daily flights to Nairobi, where you can connect with a 75-minute flight to Zanzibar. In addition to a number of options via Europe and the Middle East into Dar es Salaam and or Zanzibar. From there it is a 20-minute flight to Zanzibar. There are connecting light aircraft flights between, Northern Tanzania, Western Tanzania and Southern Tanzania.

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours


Visas are required for Zanzibar. British citizens can purchase visas at point of entry for $50.


Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required if you have visited Kenya or certain other countries. Zanzibar is a malarial area and precautions should be taken. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS website for details of recommended vaccinations for your destination.

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