The rainy season
The rainy season on Zanzibar usually begins in the second half of March and ends in May, but as it often is when it comes to weather forecasts you can never be exact. However, this year the first big rainfalls appeared only at the beggining of May.
I guess packing raincoats for your African holidays would probably be a little disheartening, so I'm about to cheer you up. Even the hundreds of litres of water pouring down from the sky, can't do much to lower the tropical temperature - it usually stays around 26-28 degrees Celsius, paired with huge humidity. The ocean is even hotter than usually, becoming the perfect place to wait out the rain. Probably an experience you've never had before. That's why of any waterproof gadgets we recommend umbrellas the most, or if you want to be super eco- friendly, huge banana leaves can also do the work.
The rain isn't relentless, but sometimes it can last up to 2 days non-stop. For that possibility it's best to be equipped in books and plenty of patience and willingness to relax rather than sightsee. Other days though, it rains for only an hour or two, and when the sun comes out you are rewarded for all the time spent looking at the dark blue sky blurring into one with the ocean. The sunbeams enlighten the fresh green tropical flora, making the raindrops look like tiny glistering diamonds.