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When to go

The best time to visit is during the dry season, which lasts roughly from June to October. The rain tends to be at its heaviest from March to May, returning to give the island another soaking in November.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Zanzibar International Airport is the one to aim for. Flights from the UK involve a stopover – the fastest routes often go via Istanbul or Muscat.
  • Automobiles

    Most people choose to leave the driving to the locals, who’ve grown up with the oft-chaotic conditions on the roads. Driving along the coast and rural areas tends to be calmer, but Stone Town should be avoided unless you’re a veteran driver with experience negotiating Zanzibari roads. (If you do decide to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.)