Karibu Zanzibar

 

There’s no place on earth like Zanzibar. Our two unique islands offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveler.We warmly invite you to explore our islands

                    and discover your ideal travel experience. We invite you to get the most out of your vacation with the Zanzibar's official tourism website. 

 

 
 

Health and Safety

Zanzibar Commission for Tourism is committed to ensuring visitors have an enjoyable, safe, and memorable experience throughout their stay. We also make every effort to keep visitors and residents aware of any health risks or warnings.Travelers who arriving from Yellow Fever countries should vaccinated from Yellow Fever and poses a valid International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. Travelers transited from endemic countries for 12 hours or more are also entitled to be vaccinated and possess a valid International Valid of Vaccination. However, travelers exempted from Yellow Fever Vaccination are:

  • Under Medical ground or
  • Age below I year and above 60 years
  • Pregnant woman.

Malaria is still prevalent in East Africa and so one should also take a malaria prophylaxis. There are many different kinds of medica­tions for Malaria. However, precautions should be taken to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. Apply insect repellent and sleep under mosquito nets at night. Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers in the evenings

Code of conducts

All visitors to Zanzibar are advised to observe the following.

  • Swim suits and skimpy dresses are restricted at public areas, but allowed at hotels and resort premises.
  • Taking alcohol in the public may offend the residents.
  • Nudity on the beach is not acceptable.
  • Kissing in public or display of affection is not customary to Zanzibar.
  • Taking photographs of residents without asking their permission is considered offensive.
  • Military and security sensitive areas cannot be photographs.

Location and Size

The two Islands are located in the Indian Ocean about 35km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at longitude 39 degrees East and latitude 6 degrees South of Equator. Pemba is about 40 miles long and 14 miles wide. It has a surface area of 608 square miles (2,332 square kilometers). It is located about 36 miles from the continent and 29 miles north-east of Unguja Island. Unguja Island is 50 miles long and 24 miles wide. It has a surface area of 995 square miles. It is separated from the continent by a 21 mile cor­ridor at its narrowest point. Its highest point is 390 feet above sea level.

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Climate

Zanzibar experiences warm tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity all the year. The average temperature is 27 ºC. This mainly caused by ocean breezes during daytime and the continental wind in the night, it makes the condition more comfortable. February is the warmest while August is the coolest. There are two rainfall seasons, the heaviest in March to June and lesser rains is in September to November. Tourists are advised to note heavy rain season to avoid inconveniences.

Population

In 2012 Zanzibar had a population of 1,303,569 in which the male population is accounted to 630,677 while female have a lion share of 672,892 with an increasing rate of 3 per cent per annum.

Religion

The majority of Zanzibar residents practice the Islamic faith which reflect also their life style and culture. Mosques are sa­cred places and usually no entry by non Muslims. During the holy month of Ramadhan Muslims are fasting from dawn to sun set and you may find difficult to find food during the day hours. However some specified restaurants are allowed to serve the tourists. There are also Christian churches and Hindu temples which offer regular services on Sunday and on special occasions.

Hospitality & Culture

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.

Shopping

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.

All visitors require a valid passport and visa for the duration of their stay. Visa can be obtained from Tanzania Diplomatic Mis­sion or alternatively at the entry points. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state within Tanzania, although visitors won’t need a separate Visa to enter, you will need to show your passport on arrival. It is advisable to check with your nearest Tanza­nian Embassy or Consulate prior to your travel for updated information.http://www.immigration.go.tz