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Time zones of Africa:
 -01:00  Cape Verde Time[a]
 ±00:00  Greenwich Mean Time
 +01:00  West Africa Time
 +02:00 
 +03:00  East Africa Time
 +04:00 
a The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.
b Mauritius and the Seychelles are to the east and north-east of Madagascar respectively.


Central Africa Time, or CAT, is a time zone used in central and southern Africa. Central Africa Time is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+02:00), which is the same as the adjacent South Africa Standard Time and Eastern European Time.

As this time zone is in the equatorial and tropical regions, there is little change in day length throughout the year, and so daylight saving time is not observed.

Central Africa Time is observed by the following countries:

The following countries in Africa also use an offset of UTC+02:00 all-year round:

  •  Egypt (observes Eastern European Time)
  •  Lesotho (observes South African Standard Time)
  •  Libya (observes Eastern European Time)
  •  South Africa (observes South African Standard Time)
  •  Swaziland (observes South African Standard Time)