Best time to visit Zanzibar

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Best time of year to visit Zanzibar

Best time to visit Zanzibar is dry winter from June through October. Although it gets touristic at this time of the year, the dry season is best to swim with dolphins. Spring in Zanzibar is a bit rainy, but it gives you a chance to try exclusive cashew nuts and a variety of tropical fruits. Lower rates, fewer crowds and clear skies full of stars are waiting for you during hot and sunny summer from December to March. Remember many lodges are closed during the peak of wet season from mid-March through the end of May.


Beach Season

June–February • activity

Visit outstanding beaches along the eastern or northern coasts with fishing villages, tropical palms, and mangrove forests washed by the Indian Ocean

Swimming with Dolphins

January–February | June–October • activity

Swimming side by side with these friendly creatures in their natural habitat is unforgettable

Coconut Crabs on Chumbe Island

June–March • nature

These giant arthropods quickly climb coconut palm trees and easily crack open their favourite food—coconuts. It is incredible and even a little scary

Pemba Flying Fox Breeding Season

January–August • nature

See a breathtaking sight as these huge bats take to the air, launching off en-masse as they depart for their evening hunt...for fruit

Spice Harvest and Tours

June–October • food

Clove, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, lemon grass, vanilla, black pepper, cardamom, saffron... This wonderful aroma spreads through the whole island!

Diving and Snorkeling

June–March • activity

One of the best diving destinations of the world


June–October | January–February • activity

Bike routes winding Zanzibar will let you discover the island's real treasures

Marine Turtle Nesting Season

February–July • nature

Watch these baby-turtles in a once-in-a-lifetime struggle for survival!

Breadfruit and Jackfruit

June–August • food

Breadfruit is a great gift for fans of unusual fruits


January–February | June–August • activity

Experience the joy of kiteboarding and kitesurfing in Paje


May–July | December–January • nature

Admire these gentle creatures and inspect their lifecycle in a magical garden or butterfly farm or in their natural environmen—Jozani Forest

Shoki Shoki (Rambutan)

December–January | June–August • food

Exotic fruit which captivates with its sweet and fragrant taste

Carambola (Birimbi, Star Fruit)

April–June | October–December • food

When you cut across it, this fruit looks like a 5-pointed star


May–June • food

This typical African fruit is used in many cuisines around the world in sauces, marinades, chutneys, drinks, and desserts


Baby Red Colobus Monkeys

January–February • nature

Meet these cute animals at Jozani Forest in Zanzibar

Eid al-Fitr

June 14–15, 2018 • event

This is a time of giving charity and alms—two of the five pillars of the Islamic faith

Mwaka Kogwa Festival

July 30–31, 2018 • event

Celebrate the Persian New Year in Zanzibar which has neatly been incorporated into tradition

Baby Giant Tortoises on Prison Island

March–April • nature

This colony of Giant Tortoises is the biggest and most gorgeous attraction of this picturesque island

Sauti za Busara (Swahili Music & Cultural Festival)

February 07–10, 2019 • event

Three nights of a rich variety of non-stop live African music at the Old Fort

Jahazi Literary and Jazz Music Festival

August 17–19, 2018 • event

Spend a long weekend of jazz, blues, poetry, and storytelling in Stone Town

Baobab Blooming and Fruit

December (blooming) | May (ripe fruit) • nature

The circumference of some specimens of baobab exceeds 10 m and its fruits can reach a length of up to 54 cm!

Humpback Whale Watching Season

July–November • activity

Have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these majestic creatures in Zanzibar!


October–February • food

Some say Zanzibar's cashew is the best on the African continent

Green Cardamom Harvest

March–April | October–November • food

Green cardamom is not only a flavorful spice for cuisine, but also hosts a wealth of healthy benefits!

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing

August–October • activity

This is a truly blessed season for fishermen!


November • food

Try this exotic juicy "King of Fruit" known as Durian

Bullfighting on Pemba Island

August–February • event

It is not as bloody as the Spanish version nor as cruel as the Portuguese, but quite a picturesque spectacle