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Welcome to Zanzibar



Continent: Africa

Capital: Zanzibar city

Region: Tanzanian Archipelago

Population: 984,625 (2002)                                                                                                

Dialing Code: +255

Time Zone: GMT (+3)

Demonym: Zanzibari


Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. Located just 20- 50km off the coast of mainland, this archipelagio(group of islands) consist of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja(main) and Pemba(Zanzibar city), numbering a total of 51 islands. The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words ‘Zenj’ meaning black and ‘bar’  which eans land resulting in the ancient title ‘Land of the blacks’.  Pemba is also known as Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners

Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian ocean destination with its historical Stone town(a World Heritage site) and beaches to die for.

Zanzibars tourism industry  has been on the rise in recent years and is famous for clove production.Zanzibar cultures became more diverse in its range, more unique in its expression. Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. It is here that the Africa Culture blended with other cultures mainly Persian, Arabic and Indian to forms Swahili Culture. Today the romance, the splendor and legends of the past are still vibrantly alive, traditional sailing dhows, carved wooden and doors, chests, the scent of the clove and the smile of the hospitable people welcomes you to Zanzibar.


Information & Facts


Zanzibar is world famous for its sultry sandy beaches filled lined with palm trees and resorts. From simple cottage to 5 star luxury resorts these islands have it all and more. Go diving, snorkeling and take sunset cruises on white sailed dhows.You can also dine on the finest seafood.The festival does not involve killing of bulls and it is often held at the end of the clove harvest or on the Zanzibar revolution day. (12th January).

Dhow (traditional wooden boats) cruises are very popular in Zanzibar the views from theses boats are timeless and refreshments are served.  Marine parks such as those in Chumble Island are prime spots for deep sea fishing, diving and snorkeling which offers  underwater cliffs, wrecks, canyons, caves and spectacular reefs where visibility is normally in excess of 20m. The aquatic life within these waters is often very prolific and one usually sees moray eels, scorpion fish, lion fish, large groupers, octopus, lobsters, rays and, occasionally, and manta rays and dolphins.


Zanzibar has a predominant tropical climate due to its location close to the equator. The islands are warm all year round and short showers are common in November. Longer rains occur in March through may. Loose clothing and hats are advised for visitors new to the country.

The northern monsoon (known as Kaskazi in Kiswahili) lasts three to four months from December to March. The South west monsoon (Kusi) lasts from April to November. The rainy seasons (Masika) starts in March or April and lasts in May. June to October is the dry season and temperatures are clement. There are short rains known as Vuli. Zanzibar gets about 60 inches of rains annually. The maximum temperatures are 88.50F in February and 810F in July. The minimum temperatures are 800F in March and 710F in June.

Getting Around

Transport in Zanzibar is mainly by road, with the private DalaDala being the only kind of public transportation.There are five ports in all the islands of Unguja and Pemba and are all operated by the Zanzibar Ports Corporation


Zanzibaris are of diverse ethnic origins and speak Swahili (Kiswahili). Local Residents also speak French or Italian.


 The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)


With Zanzibar known as the ‘Spice Islands’, it’s little surprise that spices play an important role in the cuisine here.  With African, Arab, Goan, Indian and Chinese influences, traditional food is truly a fusion experience.  Most restaurants feature spices in their menus although there are also Italian, Thai and other international establishments for those looking for something a little closer to home!

Bars can be found in Stone Town and in many of the hotels and restaurants around Zanzibar Island.


As you stroll through Stone Town , you will find several shops selling wood carvings, Zanzibari chests, clothes, spices, jewellery, paintings and antiques. Most of the gift shops are situated along Kenyatta Road in Shangani, and Gizenga Street behind the Old Fort. Tourists are advised not to buy any products related to protected species on the islands, such as sea shells and turtles. A holiday to Zanzibar would be incomplete without visiting these souvenir shops.


Visit the Spice plantations for cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices. The Jozani natural forest is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey and the Zanzibar leopard. Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins.


This beachfront hotel is based in bungalows type of rooms that set near the stunning setting right on the pristine, white-sand beach of Zanzibar's east coast, between the villages of Jambiani and Paje. The area is a popular spot for..
Property Location With a stay at The Swahili House, you'll be centrally located in Zanzibar Town, steps from Anglican Cathedral and minutes from House of Wonders. This hotel is within close proximity of Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens.Rooms Make..
Property Location A stay at Al Johari Zanzibar places you in the heart of Zanzibar Town, walking distance from Shangani Beach and Old Fort. This hotel is within close proximity of Forodhani Gardens and House of Wonders.Rooms Make yourself at home in..
Set on the tropical Makunduchi Coast, East of Zanzibar, La Madrugada Beach Hotel & Resort offers luxurious beachfront accommodation. It features 2 swimming pools and a restaurant and a variety of activities.Each room here will provide you with a balcony..
Facilities The hotel offers a safe, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms All rooms feature air conditioning and a bathroom. Features include a safe, tea and coffee making equipment, a TV and wireless internet access. The accommodation units are appointed with..
LocationThe hotel is located on the east coast of Zanzibar right after passing Paje, near the Jambiani village. Set on the white sandy beach, with no immediate neighbouring hotel, the beach close to the hotel is quiet and less crowded compared to the..
Quietly nestled along the white-sandy beach, this charming hotel is a wonderful place for guests looking for a vacation along the southern Zanzibarian shore. They will be pleasantly surprised by the relaxed lounge bar set on the jetty, which expands into..
Property Location With a stay at Sunshine Marine Lodge in Matemwe (East Coast Zanzibar), you'll be within the region of Mnemba Island and Kendwa Beach. This beach hotel is within the region of Kiwengwa Beach.Rooms Make yourself at home in one..
The hotel is located in Matemwe and boasts its own private sandy beach, the city of stone is 45 km all the rooms feature stylish décor with wooden beams views and ethnic motifs. Some suites have a sitting area with t.v. all morning a buffet breakfast..
Property Location With a stay at Zanzibar Beach Resort in Zanzibar Town, you'll be near the airport and close to Anglican Cathedral and Livingstone's House. This hotel is within close proximity of Old Fort and House of Wonders.Rooms..
Guests will have everything they need to enjoy a carefree, fun-filled holiday at this resort. Situated along the sandy beaches of Zanzibar, Waridi Beach Resort & Spa in Pwani Mchangani features a spa & wellness centre. A swimming pool and game room with..
On the north-eastern shores of Zanzibar, the hotel is a 45-minute drive from Stone Town. The roads are mainly tarmac but for the last twenty minutes may be a rougher ride. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Zanzibar Airport. Hotel facilities include..
BEST WESTERN PLUS Zanzibar is a 4 star hotel located in Malindi Rd, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania.
The hotel is located in Kelele square in the center of Stone Town, just 100 metres from the beach. This refurbished tea room décor typical of Zanzibar. Beyt to Chai restaurant serves a fusion of European cuisine and Zanzibar and a selection of fresh seafood...
Facilities The hotel offers a restaurant, a bar and a library. Shopping facilities are available. A garden is among the features contributing to a pleasant stay. A bicycle hire service (for a fee) gives guests the opportunity to explore the surrounding..
This beautiful and exotic hotel is situated less than a 1-hour from Stone Town, on the south-east coast of Zanzibar, in the friendly fishing village of Paje. The tranquil and characteristic place is known for having one of the most beautiful beaches in..
Experience a perfect blend of culture and comfort at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar %u2013 Stone Town, where our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you at check-in with a warm chocolate chip cookie. Set amongst historic buildings in the heart..
FacilitiesA lobby and a reception are available to guests. Amenities include a baggage storage service, a safe and currency exchange facilities. Internet access and wireless internet access (no extra charge) are available in the public areas. Gastronomic..
General Description Close proximity to airport Elegant design and décor Beautiful views and exceptional service Close proximity to historic district Close proximity to major attractions Close proximity to shopping district Great combination for business..
General DescriptionNestled between swaying palm trees, pristine white beaches and the historic fishing village of Nungwi, the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar-Nungwi in Tanzania is situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar - only an hour's..
Guests at the Golden Tulip Stonetown Boutique hotel are perfectly placed to explore the city and island scenery. Positioned just opposite the ferry terminal, you can easily access Dar es Salaam from our location.
This hotel is located in Zanzibar, in Stonetown. The hotel affords visitors the ideal setting from which to explore and experience the culture and heritage of this mesmerising area. The hotel is located just a 1 hour's driving distance away from the area's..
On the world reknown Spice Island of Zanzibar, sorrounded with the unpolluted blue waters of The Indian Ocean and lush green vegetation, is the magnificent 4 star resort.
We are situated on the East-Coast of Zanzibar, between the village of paje and Jambiani, It`s 50 km from Zanzibar town/international Airport. Our location has one of the most beautiful coastline in the world. A true sublime paradise Island experience,..
Picturesque beaches provide the beautiful setting at Ocean Paradise where you really can escape.
LocationSituated on Zanzibar's picturesque north-east coast, the resort looks out over the turquoise Indian Ocean and is, as its name suggests, a little piece of paradise. It is a meandering 45-minute journey to Zanzibar Airport from the resort,..
LocationThe hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful sites on the island, in Nungwi, famous for its unforgettable sunsets. It is situated 50 km from the airport and Stone Town, and it is easily reachable with a 60-minute transfer.FacilitiesThe hotel..
Location The hotel is 3.5 km from Uroa, one of the best tourist areas in Zanzibar. In perfect harmony with nature, the resort features a low tide beach and a private long white sand beach nearby. It is excellently located for excursions, for example safaris..
Located amidst Mbweni Ruins dating back to 1870s and a beautiful botanical garden, Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is just 10 minutes away from Stone Town, airport, ferry terminal and the CBD of Zanzibar. If applicable, Resort Fees and/or Additional Adult charges..
LocationThe resort is located on the northern shores of the magical and exotic Nungwi, Zanzibar, enabling guests to enjoy the warm and sunny weather throughout the year.FacilitiesA lobby and a reception are available to guests. Amenities include a safe...
Property Location With a stay at Spice Island Hotel & Resort in Jambiani (East Coast Zanzibar), you'll be close to Paje Beach. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Jambiani Beach and Jozani Forest Reserve.Rooms Make yourself at home..
The resort is situated beside its sister resort, the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa, right in front of the expansive, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa, on the east coast of Zanzibar. It is less than one leisurely hour's drive on an all weather tarmac road..
The resort is situated beside its sister resort, the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa, right in front of the expansive, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa, on the east coast of Zanzibar. It is less than one leisurely hour's drive on an all weather tarmac..
Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar is a 5-star all inclusive property located along the Bwejuu - Paje Beach on Zanzibar Island. The resort has only 30 villas designed with a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian styles. Accommodations feature a terrace with..
LocationThe resort is located on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar, in an area known as Kiwengwa. It is less than one leisurely hour's drive on an all weather tarmac road from Abeid Karume Airport.FacilitiesThe hotel features 112 accommodation..
FacilitiesGuests can reach the upper floors by lift. Amenities include a safe. Internet access and wireless internet access are available in the public areas. Gastronomic options offered by the establishment include a restaurant, a café and a bar. Guests..
This beach hotel is situated on the north-east coast, just 40 minutes from the Stone Town area of Zanzibar's capital city. It is approximately 45 km from Zanzibar International Airport.A lobby and a reception are available to guests. Amenities include..
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is a 5-star property situated right on the beach in Nungwi at the northern part of Zanzibar Island overlooking the Indian Ocean. This hotel comprises of suites and villas, all are equipped with air-conditioning, mini bar, satellite..
The 5-star Hotel Gold Zanzibar is a luxury beach resort set on a secluded spot of this incredible tropical island. Located on the fine white sandy beach of Kendwa, on the Northwest coast, this deluxe hotel boasts fabulous rooms, suites and individually..
Hideaway of Nungwi Resort and Spa is a 5-star property of over 10 hectares of land located on the NW coast of the island of Zanzibar. The resort is just a short walk to Nungwi beach and about 55 minutes from the capital of Stone Town. Accommodations feature..
LocationLocated on the unspoilt East Coast of Zanzibar, the hotel is approximately 65 km from Zanzibar town and airport.FacilitiesThe hotel features 89 accommodation units. A lobby and a reception are available to guests. Internet access and wireless..
Located on the unspoilt East Coast of Zanzibar, the hotel is approximately 65 km from Zanzibar town and airport. This beach hotel comprises a total of 89 guest rooms. Guests will be impressed by the cool, spacious reception area, set beneath a shady..
Kasha Boutique Hotel is a very impressive refuge of eleven villas with exclusive service to accommodate the most demanding traveler with ultimate comfort, elegance, privacy and luxury. The Resort is located along the wild Matemwe coast on the North Western..
Location This beach hotel is located on the prestigious north-east coast of Zanzibar, approximately 60 km (a 45-minute drive) from the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, as well as Zanzibar Ferry Terminal and Zanzibar International Airport. Facilities..
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a five-star hotel seated on the beachfront in the Stone Town of Zanzibar and about 850 meters away from the Zanzibar Ferry Terminal. The hotel features 67 guestrooms, including 11 suites combining modern style and timeless regional..
Award-winning accommodation at the Sea Cliff Resort & Spa , is the ideal choice for your next unforgettable getaway
Sea Cliff Resort and Spa is a five-star property situated on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean in the Island of Zanzibar and within close proximity to Stone Town. Most of the rooms offer ocean views from the bedrooms and private balconies and equipped..
Facilities The hotel offers a safe, internet access, wireless internet access, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms All rooms feature air conditioning, a living room and a bathroom. Guests will also find a terrace in most rooms as standard. Among the amenities..
The Residence Zanzibar lies within a lush, forested 32-hectare estate where five-star luxuries sit harmoniously alongside nature's untouched beauty. Feel your spirits soar amid extensive tropical gardens that meet with powder-soft white sand lapped by..
FacilitiesServices and facilities at the hotel include internet access, a restaurant, a bar and a library. Shopping facilities are available. A garden is among the features contributing to a pleasant stay. A bicycle hire service gives guests the opportunity..
This is located in Pongwe, 27 km from Zanzibar City. Nungwi is 36 km from Tulia Zanzibar Resort, while Kendwa is 34 km from the property. Kisauni Airport is 29 km away. The hotel has a private beach area with beach service. The modern and elegantly decorated..
Location This resort is situated directly on the beautiful Uroa beach, on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar. Guests will find the town centre of Uroa just around 200 m away and it is some 40 km to the tourist centre of Stone Town. Zanzibar Island..
Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, flanked by an exotic mix of sultans' palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours and bright bazaars, the hotel is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of..
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