Zanzibar is still the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches.
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6 degrees south of the equator. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
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Capital: Zanzibar City
Language: Kiswahili, Arabic and English
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TSH)
Climate: Zanzibar is warm throughout the year with 7-8 hours of sunshine a day. The coastal resorts on the north and east coast are tempered by sea breezes. Generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, last during March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which can be heavy on any of the islands. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.
Best time to travel: The long dry season, when rainfall is fairly unusual, lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it’s a great time to visit Zanzibar.
Health: Visit a Travel Clinic for more details before you travel/ Malaria is prevalent in most areas. Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, B, polio tetanus and Typhoid may also be recommended
Travel Insurance: We highly recommend travel insurance (Please ask consultants for a copy of the policy we recommend)
Visa: It is recommended to apply for a visa beforehand. The tourist visa is valid for 3 months and costs R670.