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Rainy Season in Zanzibar

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Rainy Season in Zanzibar

I am planning a trip to Zanzibar for the end of May/beginning of June. Which, as I understand, is the end of the rainy season. We are looking at staying at the Pongwe Beach on the east side and Matemwe Beach on the northeast side of the island. I read that many places are closed on the East side during that time because of the rainy season. Our group is interested in doing some site seeing but mostly we want to hang on a beautiful beach and do some snorkeling.

Can anyone share with me what we can expect as far as the weather is concerned and if it would be better to look at different areas of the island during that time as well as what you think of these hotels? I would be really greatful for any insight.

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Both Pongwe and Matemwe Beach are on the northeast coast. Is that Matemwe Beach Village or Matemwe Bungalows? The bungalows are more expensive than the former.

Some resorts close during the rainy season, usually from Easter (mid-Mar or Apr) to June 1. Only your agent can advise if these two will be open when you plan to visit.

Just so you know - while most all have ceiling fans, neither Pongwe or Matemwe Beach Village have air conditioning. Being on the coast is not only hot, but also humid. Also, Pongwe seems to turn off their generator at 12M, so no fan. At either, unless you're fortunate for your room to catch any breeze, it can be uncomfortable for sleeping.

Pongwe does have one of the prettiest beaches and not a soul around.

You can arrange sightseeing through either of these properties, whether Jozani Forest, into Stone Town, Prison Island, dhow cruises, dolphin adventures, etc. As you have to pass Stone Town on the way to the ZNZ airport for your homebound flight, I would suggest you consider the last day/night in Stone Town, instead of driving back-n-forth.

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The weather in May/June will be hot (it usually is on Zanzibar) and humid. There may be some rain, but it will be short lived typically. Sometimes it rains a bit, then the sun comes out and activities get back to normal.

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Thanks everyone for your input it really helps!

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As Sandi said, do Stone Town end of the trip. If you start early and depending on your flight out ,[if you are with KLM and leaving Dar at 11:00 pm, the last flight from Zanzibar that you can take is 5:15 pm] I would also add Spice Tour.

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