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The Best Time to Visit Zanzibar

As a general rule, Zanzibar follows the climate of mainland Tanzania, but with a few subtle differences.

The main rainy season lasts from March-May, where tropical downpours are not uncommon during the afternoon, so we’d advise avoiding visiting Zanzibar during this period.

Following the rainy season, the long dry season runs from June right through to October. You’ll get clear skies, plenty of sun and little rain – if any – making it an ideal time for snorkelling, diving and visiting Zanzibar as a whole. It’s a great time to twin a holiday to Zanzibar with a trip to mainland Tanzania, as the long dry season is when the wildebeest start making their way north to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

During November and December the downpours return – the ‘short rains’. While they’re lighter than what you’d experience during the rainy season, they’re not as reliable.

January and February represents another dry window and as it’s often quieter than the main dry season, it’s a great time to travel. Twin it with mainland Tanzania and you’ll witness the wildebeest carving season, too.

When to go to Zanzibar

Zanzibar Travel Advice Essentials

Do I need any vaccinations for Zanzibar?

Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. You’ll need a Yellow Fever certificate if you’re travelling from an endemic country, such as Kenya. Consult your GP at least four to six weeks before travelling for vaccination advice and information regarding anti-malarial medication. 

What is the time difference between Zanzibar and the UK?

The time difference is GMT +3 hours.

How long is the flight to Zanzibar?

The flight time from London to Zanzibar, including a stopover along the way, is from around 13 hours.

What is the currency in Zanzibar?

The currency is the Tanzanian Shilling.

Do I need visa for a holiday in Zanzibar?

All British passport holders need to visa to enter Zanzibar, Tanzania. This is typically issued on arrival but you apply for a visa beforehand via post or through an appointment at the Tanzania High Commission in London. The price of a standard visa is £40.

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