Open main menu
Time zones of Africa:
 -01:00  Cape Verde Time[a]
 ±00:00 
 +01:00 
 +02:00 
 +03:00  East Africa Time
 +04:00 
Light colours indicate where standard time is observed all year; dark colours indicate where daylight saving is observed.
a The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.

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