About Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a beautiful island with stunning natural sights that make up an archipelago with its several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Its brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break. Zanzibar is truly a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, some of which are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the enigma of a historic setting to compliment it. It is usually said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles.

Tours of Zanzibar Island are a rewarding experience with cultural sights and natural beauty on the itinerary. Some of the popular spots of Zanzibar Island include the Stone Town, Spice Plantations, Jozani Forest, North Coast, the Prison Island, Kizimkazi Mosque and Dolphin Tour.

Quick Facts

Time: GMT + 3
Official languages: Kiswahili & English
Religion: Predominantly Islam & Christianity


Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year. This destination is ideal to visit all through the year. However, the monsoon season (April - May) can be avoided due to long rains.


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