Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. The island is famous for its mix of exotic beaches, famous spice plantations, history (Stone Town being the capital) and diverse culture. Unguja (the main island in Zanzibar) is also home to many endangered species including the red colobus monkey and green turtle.
The North and East Coast of Unguja have particularly inviting beaches with powder white sand lapped by turquoise blue warm waters of the Indian Ocean and framed by many coconut and wild date palms. This makes for an ideal location to relax particularly after a safari or trek up Kilimanjaro. There are many excursions and water sports for people to indulge in and a whole range of accommodation.
What makes Zanzibar special?
What makes Zanzibar different to other tropical island destinations is the eclectic mix of sun, sea, sand and spice. But there is much more – authentic history, culture and a variety of excursions that makes this one of the most popular all-round beach destinations for people of all ages and interests. Apart from this, a whole range of endangered species can be found in the warm tropical waters around the archipelago – from bottlenose dolphins and green turtles to the once assumed extinct coelacanth.
Zanzibar also hosts annual festivals and events drawing people from all over East Africa and the world.
ZANZIBAR TRAVEL TIPS:
- Welcome to Zanzibar Island
- Zanzibar island is dominated by 98% of muslims, but they are not fundamentalists, people from different religions and faith are always welcome.
- The perfect time to visit the best beaches in Zanzibar, Tanzania, is during the months of June to October, being the cool dry months. Also, another period of time when people visit Zanzibar is when it’s hot and dry from December to February. The good thing about Zanzibar beaches is even if you go off-season, chances are you still will be able to enjoy them.
- The best destinations on the Island are the Stone town (zanzibar city), nungwi, kendwa, East coast (jambiani, paje, bwejuu) and kizimkazi,
- The best day trips are – Stone town tour, spice tour, safari blue tour, mnemba atoll, dolpion tour , prison island, jozani forest, sunset dhow cruise, sandbank picnic, and mangapwani slave chembers,
- Visa to Zanzibar – All Europeans and Americans are obtain visa on arrival
- Currency – Tanzania shillings, but USD, Euro, Pund Sterling are all accepted in all curio shops, hotel and restaurants,
- Language of the people – Kiswahili but English is spoken almost everywhere, while Italian is spoken some village like those on the north and northeast coast,
- Do not touch coral or fishes when snorkeling
- When on the beach, never leave your stuff unattended.
- It is not preferable to walk in a public with short or anything which is above the knee since Zanzibar is a Muslim island so dress appropriately.
- It is a safe country tourist can walk on the beach and town 24 hours, but we recommend that you should have accompany if you walk after 10pm
- Beware of scams with tours and only go with reputable places.