Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago approximately 35km off the shore of Tanzania (East Africa) consisting of Zanzibar Island (known as Unguja), Pemba Island and many smaller islets. Island has a very rich and interesting history. Zanzibar culture is based on many Arabic, Persian and British influences.
Capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City with its historical part Stone Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Stone Town walk should be a must-see for every visitor. Darajani market and small gift shops near the Old Fort will show you colours and vibrations of Africa. Visiting Old Slave Market is a great chance to get to know better Zanzibar’s rich history.
For a perfect ending of busy day in the city you should visit Forodhani Gardens after 5 p.m., near the Arab Fort , where you can find a lot of local food in very good prices.
Zanzibar is well known as an island of spices. Plantations of cinnamonn, chilli, pepper, corriander and cloves can be found at many local Spice Farms. You can make a visit at one of them and find out more about your favourite spices.
Time zone: GMT + 3
Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), but US Dollars are widely accepted
Visa: Tourist visa costs 50 USD and can be obtained on the arrival.
Language: Kiswahili, although English is widely spoken
Zanzibar Airport: ZNZ Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required only if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Zanzibar is a low risk malaria area – taking of prophylactics is the decision od individual travellers. However mosquito repellent and long sleeves and throusers at the evenings are reccommended.
Zanzibar is known as an Island of Spices. We are inviting you to the Spice Farms where you will find different spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many more. Guides will tell you interesting facts about your favourite flavours and scents and you will experience spices, tropical fruits and herbs with all your senses.
When you visit Stone Town you will have a feeling that the time stopped 200 years ago. There is a clear and fascinating imprint of the rich history and architecture. You can spend your time meandering through a labyrinth of small narrow alleys and streets, old and renovated houses made from coralline rock, mosques and ground Arab houses. The unique signature of this town is in more than 500 brass-studded, carved, wooden doors made by local craftsman. Stone Town was declared a World Heritage Site City by UNESCO in 2000.
Zanzibar’s first and only National Park is centred on Jozani Forest, the largest area of mature forest found within Zanzibar. Perhaps one of the most famous and endearing residents of the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Red Colobus is recognised as a separate species and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar. A visit to Zanzibar is not compete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world.