ZANZIBAR ISLAND

The name alone is likely to conjure up images of classic combination of sand, sea and sun. Zanzibar has plenty of authentic African adventures and a fresh air that is laced with the scents of fresh spices.

Lying only a short distance off the Tanzania coast but at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Zanzibar has long been at the center of the Indian Ocean experience in East Africa and a Zanzibar holiday is a sensory experience. For those who love the sun, sand, and surf –Zanzibar is a perfect escape.

ZANZIBAR ISLAND

Zanzibar is an archipelago located off the eastern coast of Tanzania, Africa. It consists of many small islands and two major ones, Unguja and Pemba. Zanzibar was settled by Bantu-speakers and later became a central trading town for Persians, Indians, and Arabs. The Portuguese controlled Zanzibar in the 14th century, but it was later under the influence of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Zanzibar archipelago was famous for its cloves and other spices and was known as the center of the spice trade. Slaves were also a major product. Zanzibar became a British protectorate and then a constitutional monarchy under the sultan.

The sultanate was deposed during the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, and in April of that year, the Zanzibar Republic merged with mainland Tanganyika and became the United Republic of Tanzania, with Zanzibar remaining a semi-autonomous region.

Today, the capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City, and the official language is Swahili and English. The official currency is the Tanzania shilling, and Islam is the dominant religion. The population is over 1.3 million, and the main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, from June to October, when there are clear skies and sunny weather, fewer mosquitoes, and plenty of activities.

The easiest way to get to Zanzibar is to fly directly to Zanzibar International Airport, or from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport, Dar es Salaam International Airport, or Mwanza Airport.

Zanzibar can be visited year-round, but the best time to go is during the dry season, from June to October.

This time of year offers clear skies and sunny days, which is perfect for a relaxing stay. It also provides an opportunity to do a safari, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and explore other parts of mainland Tanzania. Getting around is easier during this time, and there are fewer mosquitoes. Additionally, there are more activities and events to enjoy, making it easier to meet new people and join group tours.

However, keep in mind that prices are higher during the peak season, and there are more tourists, which may not be ideal for those who prefer a quieter trip.

If you’re looking to visit Tanzania during other times of the year, November is a great option, with mostly dry and sunny weather.

December offers a mix of sun and short rain showers, making it a unique experience. January and February also provide sunny and dry weather, while March is a bit more uncertain with the possibility of some rainfall. The months of April and May are considered the least favorable time to visit Tanzania due to the heavy rainfall, but it also offers lower rates and fewer crowds for those willing to brave the rain.

When planning your trip to Zanzibar, one of the important decisions to make is how long to stay. While this can be a personal preference, we recommend a minimum of 7 days to fully experience all that Zanzibar has to offer.

However, if you have the time and budget, staying for 2-3 weeks is advisable, as you can explore different beaches and islands during your stay.

Zanzibar is a popular destination for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and coral reefs, but there is more to discover beyond the beach. With a rich history and culture, Zanzibar offers a unique experience for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of the island’s heritage.

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Zanzibar, it largely depends on your preferences. Each side of the island – north, south, east, and west – offers its own unique experience.

The north is known for its lively nightlife and luxury resorts, while the south offers a more laid-back vibe and is popular for its diving and snorkeling sites. The east coast is known for its stunning beaches and local villages, while the west coast is more secluded and ideal for those seeking a peaceful getaway. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which side of the island aligns best with your vacation goals.

Holiday Packages

Authentic Zanzibar

Authentic Zanzibar

05 Days - Luxury Style

Romantic Gateway

Romantic Gateway

05 Days - Luxury Style

Discovering the Treasures of Zanzibar

Discovering the Treasures of Zanzibar

06: Days - comfort style

Romantic Gateway

Romantic Gateway

6: Days - Comfort Style

Urban adventures

  • Forodhani Gardens

    Set right on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Forodhani Gardens is a social hub for tourists and locals alike.

  • Ngome Kongwe

    The Old Fort, the Arab Fort among many other names, is a fortification located in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar.

  • House of Wonders

    A landmark structure rises in impressive tiers of slender steel pillars and balconies overlooking the waterfront

  • Darajani Bazaar

    The hub of Stone Town’s commerce where traders sell a wide range of groceries, pans and traditional kangas

  • Hamamni Persian Bath

    Commissioned by Sultan Barghash bin Said between 1870 and 1888

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