Zanzibar, Tanzania: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Zanzibar, Tanzania? If you're planning to go to Zanzibar, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Zanzibar, Tanzania

Based on the climate and weather in Zanzibar, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Zanzibar, Tanzania by month

January

January in Zanzibar is really hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses

February

If you go to Zanzibar in February, you will notice that it can be very hot. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

March

March in Zanzibar is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts

April

April for Zanzibar is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses

May

If you vacation in Zanzibar during May, you are likely to find that it is hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

June

June in this region is hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella

July

If you go to Zanzibar in July, you will notice that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

August

If you are traveling to Zanzibar in August, you will notice that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

September

September in Zanzibar is extremely warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts

October

If you vacation in Zanzibar during October, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion

November

In November, Zanzibar is really hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Zanzibar, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear

December

If you visit Zanzibar during December, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Zanzibar, Tanzania

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Zanzibar, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Zanzibar
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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