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


Weather

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.

 Currency

Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)

 

Accommodation

  • Beyt Al Chai is named on the recollection of the history of this incredible place where it used to be a tea house in the olden days. Located in a fantastic location at ...

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  • Situated on 25 acres of subtly landscaped gardens decked with over 1000 palm trees, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is a 5-star deluxe resort set along the white sandy b...

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  • Fundu Lagoon is a peaceful resort set on a beautiful beach in the South West of the Pemba Island. Set in the shimmering waters of a shallow lagoon, ringed by a reef vib...

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  • The Karafuu Hotel Beach Resort is located on a royal island amidst white sand beaches, pearly coral reefs and exotic tropical surroundings. The accommodation offered is...

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  • Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel is situated in the midst of a natural paradise overlooking the crystal clear beach and the blue ocean water. It has a backdrop in lush green trop...

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  • The resort is situated on the same amazing beach as its sister resort, the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa. Earlier known as La Villa Beach Club which was a 20 roomed hote...

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  • The Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski is Zanzibar's leading international five star resort, situated on the north-east coast of the island, featuring world class luxury. The az...

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