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

Are you planning to visit Zanzibar in May? This guide is for you. Generally speaking, the month of May is falling in the rainy season, with frequent rains. If you are too concerned about the rain, then this is not the best option for you. 

But the month of May emerges as a month filled with promise and possibilities. It might also be a good time to visit depending on your interest in your visit. We have prepared the best guide on things to do in Zanzibar when it rains.

In this guide, we will show how it is like to be in Zanzibar during the month of May.

Zanzibar Weather in May:

Early May sees heavy rainfall throughout the Zanzibar archipelago, but conditions typically improve as the month progresses. Afternoon showers become shorter and lighter, with more consecutive sunny days falling in between. 

As the skies clear, the seasonal ‘kusi’ wind freshens from the south, reaching speeds of 20 to 30 km/h (11-17 knots). So in this case, visiting Zanzibar for the May, we would advise in the end days of May. Just like the month of March when the rain starts, you can still visit the Island in the early days of the month.

Beach Time and Activities:

Despite the occasional heavy downpours, May still offers plenty of opportunities for beach relaxation and outdoor activities. Toward the end of the month, the rain typically eases off, giving way to beautiful, calm, clear days punctuated by the season’s final, spectacular storms. 

Travelers can still enjoy quiet beaches and discounted hotel rates, making May an attractive time to visit Zanzibar. We would recommend you do some activities like Spice Farm, Stone Town, Mnemba Snorkeling and Traditional Cooking class.

Travel Tips:

While May presents several advantages, including quieter beaches and discounted accommodations, travelers should remain mindful that unpredictable weather comes with consequences. Some Resorts, restaurants and Dive shops are closed completely for May, so it’s essential to check options carefully before traveling. 

Despite these considerations, the end of May often brings dry, sunny days, offering a perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Zanzibar before the onset of the long, dry season.

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

FAQ on Visiting Zanzibar in May

Is May a good time to Visit Zanzibar?

If raining season is problem for you, then this may be the worst time to visit Zanzibar. But, if the rains is not problem, then this would be perfect time to plan your Zanzibar visit, you will be able to book Hotels and activities at very cheap prices.

Can you swim in Zanzibar in May?

Yes, you can swim. If you are looking for best beaches for swimming, then check out Nungwi and kendwa beach.

Does it rain a lot in Zanzibar in the month of May?

May experiences a lot of rains, but it doesn’t mean there will be floods like other places. You can still do some outdoor activities depending on the weather of the day.

What is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

In general, the best time to visit Zanzibar is from July to late March. Please check out our guide 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 because there are very few numbers of tourists. Read more from our guide on the cheapest time to visit Zanzibar.

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