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Zanzibar is an ever-popular choice with honeymooners; it is very romantic with its beautiful white, sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and some fantastic places to stay. The bonus of being a conveniently close location to both the Tanzanian mainland as well as Kenya makes this the perfect choice for a premier safari and beach honeymoon without the extra travel to the Seychelles or Mauritius. Here we give our top choices for a perfect honeymoon on Zanzibar.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya and the palm flanked coastline of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa. Begin the holiday of a lifetime witnessing thousands of wildebeest cross the Maasai Mara, tracking rhino in the Laikipia plateau or meeting the fascinating Samburu people before escaping to Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, for barefoot luxury and paradisiacal beaches. Whether it’s a special occasion, a family holiday or a honeymoon, Kenya and the Zanzibar archipelago are the perfect pairing for the bush-to-beach adventure of a lifetime.
With soft white sands and crystal blue waters, Zanzibar provides the perfect beach add-on to a family safari holiday, or offers a tropical island getaway in its own right. The calm waters around Zanzibar are perfect for young children, and unlike other Indian Ocean islands, there is plenty to keep all ages entertained.
When To Go To Zanzibar
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
The Dry Season - June to October
The days are warm and skies are clear, with temperatures around 25-27 degrees Celsius.
These are the best months for visiting Zanzibar because the air is dry.
There is a lovely refreshing breeze blowing and there is little rainfall.
The Short Rains - November to December
Brief showers occur for a couple of weeks during November.
The rains normally last for about an hour in the mornings and late afternoons interrupted by beautiful weather and clear skies.
Weather is still good to get that lovely sun tan.
The Hot Season - December to March
In the Hot Season, the days are hot with temperatures often exceeding 33-35 degrees Celsius. It does get a bit uncomfortable unless you spend the majority of your time in the swimming pool or ocean!
The skies are clear with no clouds. Clear night skies offer the perfect opportunity for star-gazing or romantic evenings on the beach.
The Wet Season - March to May
The Long Rains fall from mid-March until the end of May.
Heavy showers fall early in the mornings but these usually clear up by mid-day, with the weather often remaining sunny and clear until late afternoon.
These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.