A beautiful island on the coast of East Africa offering a great experience on history and culture of Tanzania surrounded by amazing beach experience for a family, romantic or honeymoon vacation.
Situated off the coast of Tanzania and washed by the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is a tropical archipelago comprised of many scattered islands - the two largest of which are Pemba and Unguja, or Zanzibar Island. Today, the name Zanzibar evokes images of white sand beaches, slender palms, and turquoise seas, all kissed by the spice-laden breath of the East African trade winds.
Zanzibar is one of Tanzania's top destinations because of its fascinating past and its incredible beaches. Zanzibar's location in the Indian Ocean has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Famous for its spices, Zanzibar also became an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers. Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital, is a World Heritage site and boasts beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan's palace, and many mosques.
Zanzibar has many beautiful beaches that can be enjoyed on any budget. Some of the surrounding islands offer a total paradise for the luxury traveler, Mnemba Island is absolutely idyllic for a romantic vacation.
- Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania.
- Once the capital city of Oman in the early 19th Century under the Sultanate of Sultan Seyyid
- Popularly known as “The Spice Island” due to the farming of vital spices on the island i.e. cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc.
- One of the main hub of the slave trade
- The famous Stone Town of Zanzibar – a Unesco World Heritage Site
- Vibrant historical and cultural presence, historical monuments showcasing Portuguese, Arab, European culture. Some can be dated back to the 12th century AD.
Dry, warm to hot and humid. Maximum average daily temperature 32°C
2 distinct rainy seasons i.e. April-May “Long Rains” / October-November “Short Rains”.
Hot and humid months from November to February.
Can be visited anytime during the year although rains can be a hindrance at times.
- One of the best spots for Whale Shark watching
- Catch glimpses of migrating Humpback and Sperm Whales off Zanzibar from July-December.
- Abundance of excursions available i.e. Dolphin tour, Spice Island tour, Prison Island Tour, Chumbe Environmental Island tour, Jozani Forest, City Walking tour, Stone Town tour, historical tour etc.
- Lunch on numerous sand bars during low tide
- Sunset dhow cruises for sundowners and light music
- Very good locations for scuba diving and snorkeling
- Beautiful, pristine beaches with azure blue waters for swimming, sun bathing and relaxation
- Sea sports i.e. deep sea fishing, jet skis, dhow trips, wake boarding, wind surfing, kayaking etc.
- Experience the local Swahili culture
- Indulge into local Swahili cuisine every evening at the Forodhani Area in Stone Town.