Zanzibar weather, climate and best time to visit

Best time to visit Zanzibar

The best time to visit the island of on Zanzibar in Tanzania is from January until March and June until December, when you will have a warm temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in on Zanzibar is 30°C in March and the lowest is 27°C in June.

Zanzibar has the tropical savanna climate prevailing. If you want to know what the average temperature is in on Zanzibar or when most precipitation (rain or snow) falls, you can find a quick overview below. This way, you are well prepared. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Average weather Zanzibar by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 29 29 30 29 28 27 27 27 27 28 29 29
Precipitation (mm) 52 35 103 208 154 38 30 28 28 50 97 104

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14 day weather forecast Zanzibar

The weather for on Zanzibar will be 32° till 30° degrees in the next 14 days with every day chance of light rain showers till heavy rain.

Weather forecast this week

Monday 6 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
31°
23°
29° 5.6 mm 65% 2 m/s 2
Tuesday 7 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
32°
24°
29° 0.1 mm 20% 2 m/s 1
Wednesday 8 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
31°
24°
29° 3.2 mm 50% 2 m/s 3
Thursday 9 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
29°
23°
29° 11.5 mm 80% 2 m/s 2
Friday 10 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
23°
29° 6.5 mm 70% 2 m/s 3
Saturday 11 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
29°
23°
29° 26.8 mm 90% 3 m/s 3
Sunday 12 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
31°
24°
29° 9.6 mm 75% 3 m/s 2

Weather forecast next week

Monday 13 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
31°
24°
29° 3.3 mm 50% 2 m/s 3
Tuesday 14 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
32°
24°
29° 2.9 mm 50% 2 m/s 3
Wednesday 15 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
24°
29° 0.2 mm 20% 3 m/s 3
Thursday 16 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
27°
29° 0.1 mm 20% 4 m/s 3
Friday 17 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
26°
29° 2.3 mm 45% 3 m/s 3
Saturday 18 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
27°
26°
29° 3.0 mm 50% 3 m/s 3
Sunday 19 Dec Water Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
26°
29° 0.4 mm 10% 3 m/s 3

Climate Zanzibar

The island Zanzibar has the tropical savanna climate prevailing. It is warm every month with both a wet and dry season. The average annual temperature for Zanzibar is 28° degrees and there is about 928 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 63 days a year with an average humidity of 77% and an UV-index of 7.

Climate table of Zanzibar

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 29 29 30 29 28 27 27 27 27 28 29 29
Night temp. (°C) 27 27 27 26 25 24 24 24 24 25 26 27
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 52 35 103 208 154 38 30 28 28 50 97 104
Days with rain 16 13 24 27 25 20 21 18 16 17 21 26
Dry days 15 15 7 3 6 10 10 13 14 14 9 5
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 11 10
Wind force (Bft) 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7

Zanzibar weather by month

What is the average weather like in a given month for Zanzibar? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

Weather experiences Zanzibar

michael was here in october
Weather rating: Good
October temperature usually is fine

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is an island belonging to Tanzania. It lies in a straight line at 3,755 km from Cape Town.

The coordinates of Zanzibar are:

  • Latitude: -6.16394
  • Longitude: 39.19793

The GPS coordinates are 6° 9' S, 39° 11' E

How long is the flight to Zanzibar?

The flight time from Cape Town International Airport to Zanzibar is approximately 5 h. 50 min.

What are the airports on Zanzibar?

These are the airports that are on Zanzibar:

How many inhabitants are there on Zanzibar?

Zanzibar has approximately 1,303,569 inhabitants.

How big is Zanzibar?

The area of Zanzibar is around 2,461 km². It is 496x smaller than New Zealand.

What is the currency of Zanzibar?

On Zanzibar the US dollar (USD), Tanzanian shilling (TZS) is used to pay.

Exchange rates on 6 December 2021

  • 1 US dollar = 0.065 South African rand
  • 1 South African rand = 15.42 US dollar
  • 10 US dollar = 0.648 South African rand
  • 10 South African rand = 154.23 US dollar
  • 100 US dollar = 6.48 South African rand
  • 100 South African rand = 1,542.31 US dollar
  • 1 Tanzanian shilling = 150.36 South African rand
  • 1 South African rand = 0.007 Tanzanian shilling
  • 10 Tanzanian shilling = 1,503.61 South African rand
  • 10 South African rand = 0.067 Tanzanian shilling
  • 100 Tanzanian shilling = 15,036.06 South African rand
  • 100 South African rand = 0.67 Tanzanian shilling

What is the area code of Zanzibar?

The area code to call Zanzibar is +255.