About the Author
Jens Finke has been travelling around East Africa since 1988. He is also a long-term contributor to the Rough Guide to Kenya and author of the forthcoming Rough Guide to Tanzania.
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WHEN TO GO Zanzibars climate is typically tropical, making for hot and humid weather most of the year. There are two rainy seasons. The "long" masika rains (dubbed the "Green Season" by some hoteliers) fall from March to May, and are especially heavy from April onwards when some of the larger hotels close. The lighter "short" mvuli rains come between October and early December. The end of both rainy seasons is heralded by blustery winds. The rest of the year is hot and dry, with temperatures gradually increasing from July until the onset of the short rains. Ramadan (see p.30 for dates) is not the best time to visit, as most restaurants are closed by day and the atmosphere, especially in Stone Town, is not at its brightest.