Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins

Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins magically blends the living experience of Zanzibars historic past with modern-day luxury and comfort. Here, the weary visitor can relax and pamper themselves whilst enjoying natures true beauty.


On the outskirts of Stone Town, on the beach, is a magnificent botanical garden, popular with romantics. Within this spectacular and secluded setting lies the Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, 7km south of Stone Town, offering easy access to spice plantations, the Jozani Forest and East Coast beaches.


Situated in the tropics, the climate is as such hot and humid. The seawater is just as warm with an average temperature of 20ºC and is very calm. Surrounding most of the island is a coral reef. At low tide you are able to walk out to the reef in certain places. Below is a summary of the seasons and best times to visit: July October: During this period, there is little rain, the average temperature is 25ºC and the humidity is low. Light breezes at night provide some relief from the hot days. Not as many tourists as in January, so for somebody who likes a bit of privacy, it is ideal. November March: Are good months although the short rains come at this time and it is very hot and humid.

Added to this is the Muslim festival of Ramadhan in December/January, which see Muslims fasting during the daytime for an entire month. This festival moves back a couple of days every year, so be sure to check here again if you plan on going to Zanzibar a couple of years down the line. Some local restaurants, bars and discos are closed during this period.

All resort and accommodation entertainment is still open though. If you are planning to go to a resort, this is a fantastic time. April June: This is the quiet season. The long monsoon rains pour down. It does not rain the whole day every day, but you will have to remain indoors for some time when they come down.

If you are on a budget trip, then this is the best time in terms of price unfortunately. Many resorts are closed though during this period, so you will have a smaller selection of places to stay.