Zanzibar in April – Is April the Best Time to Visit Zanzibar?

As you consider your travel plans to the paradise islands of Zanzibar, April emerges as a month of contrasts and surprises. While it may not boast the most predictable weather, April offers a unique blend of experiences for adventurous travelers willing to embrace its charms. 

Let’s be clear that the weather in April is characterized by frequent rains because it is spring season in the Islands, that is why we have prepared a guide on things to do when it rains in Zanzibar.

Let’s delve deeper into what it is like to visit Zanzibar during the month of April.

Weather and Climate:

April marks the height of Zanzibar’s main rainy season, making it the wettest month of the year. From mid-March to the end of May, the island experiences regular downpours, which bring relief from the heat but also lead to slightly lower temperatures. Despite this, most days still see temperatures climbing above 30°C (86°F), ensuring that warmth remains a constant companion throughout your stay.

Unpredictable Rainfall:

One of the defining characteristics of April in Zanzibar is the unpredictability of rainfall. While storms may build in the early afternoon, they are usually short-lived and followed by clear skies. 

However, occasional downpours can lead to extensive flooding in certain regions, while others remain warm and dry. It’s a bit of a lottery, with weather conditions varying widely from one area to another.

Spectacular Views:

Despite the uncertainty of April’s weather, the island offers breathtaking views of both sunsets and sunrises. West-facing resorts in Zanzibar treat visitors to spectacular sunset vistas, while those on the east coast are rewarded with equally mesmerizing sunrises. However this doest guarantee you to go activities like Sunset Dhow Cruise or fishing in the morning, because it might rain any time.

Accommodation Considerations:

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When planning your visit to Zanzibar in April, it’s essential to choose your accommodation wisely. Opt for quality establishments that offer comfortable indoor amenities, as you may find yourself spending some time indoors during rainy weather. 

Be prepared to adapt your itinerary based on the weather forecast and make the most of both indoor and outdoor activities. Make sure you book the luxurious resorts, because they have the best services and the prices become cheaper this time.


In conclusion, April presents a mixed bag of experiences for visitors to Zanzibar. While it may not offer the most predictable weather, it compensates with its natural beauty, cultural richness, and the thrill of unexpected adventures. But we do not recommend a visit if you are too concerned about the rain.

Learn more about what to pack for your Zanzibar vacation here!

FAQ on Visiting Zanzibar in April

Is April a good time to Visit Zanzibar?

If rain is not problem to you, then April can be a good time to visit.

Can you swim in Zanzibar in April?

Absolutely, you can swim. If you are looking for the best place to swim, then Kendwa and Nungwi are the best options.

What is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

In general, the best time to visit Zanzibar is from July to late March. Learn more on the best time to visit Zanzibar.

When is the cheapest time to visit Zanzibar?

The cheapest time to visit Zanzibar, is during low season. Please check out our guide on the cheapest time ti visit.

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