Introduction to Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, vibrant markets, rich history, and warm, welcoming people.
Here, you can indulge in a unique blend of African, Arab, and Indian cultures. You can also explore the UNESCO Heritage Site of Stone Town and immerse yourself in the island’s captivating history.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit Zanzibar today!

Why visit Zanzibar?

  • Zanzibar has beautiful beaches, rich history, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality.
  • Zanzibar offers excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities, delicious cuisine, and a laid-back atmosphere perfect for relaxation.
  • In addition, the island’s unique blend of cultures and stunning natural beauty makes it a truly unforgettable destination.
  • Visitors can enjoy water sports, spice tours, visits to local villages, and breathtaking sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
  • Furthermore, Zanzibar’s warm and welcoming people make the island feel like a home away from home.

Getting to Zanzibar 

By Boat

Ferries depart regularly from Dar es Salaam, offering a scenic and affordable option to reach Zanzibar.

By Air

Regular flights are available from major cities in East Africa, including Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, and Kilimanjaro International Airport. The flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar takes about 20 minutes, while it takes around 1 hour from Arusha.

Best Time to visit Zanzibar

The best time to visit Zanzibar is during the dry season, from June to October and December to February. Visitors can expect clear skies, warm temperatures, and lower humidity. This makes it the ideal time to explore the island’s stunning beaches and engage in water activities like swimming, diving, and snorkeling.
The rainy season (March, May, November) can still be a good time to visit since showers are often short-lived and the island is less crowded. However, it can be humid, and some activities like diving may be limited due to reduced visibility in the water.
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Things to do in Zanzibar

Whether you are seeking relaxation or adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this beautiful island.

Beaches in Zanzibar 

Zanzibar Island’s beaches are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun with white sands, clear blue waters, and swaying palm trees.

Wildlife in Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s biodiversity presents the chance to witness exotic and endangered creatures within their natural habitat.

Landscape in Zanzibar 

Zanzibar boasts a diverse and breathtaking landscape, ranging from pristine beaches to lush forests and rolling hills. This makes it a perfect tropical paradise.

Where to stay at Zanzibar 

Zanzibar offers accommodation for different budgets and preferences, from luxury to budget-friendly resorts.

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Top questions answered for Zanzibar

Zanzibar is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. So, you have questions. We’ve been visiting for decades. So, we have answers.

Zanzibar is generally a safe destination for tourists. However, visitors should be cautious and aware of their surroundings, especially in crowded areas.

Petty crimes like pickpocketing can occur in tourist areas, so keeping valuables secure is recommended.

The official languages of Zanzibar are Swahili and English.

Swahili is widely spoken throughout the island and is the language of communication among locals.

English is also widely spoken, particularly in the tourism industry, and many locals also speak Arabic and other African languages.

It depends on your nationality. Some countries require a visa, while others can obtain one upon arrival. Checking with your local embassy or consulate for specific visa requirements is best.

The currency in Zanzibar is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). However, US dollars and euros are widely accepted in many tourist areas, and prices are typically quoted in these currencies.

It’s important to note that some smaller vendors and establishments may only accept cash in local currency. So, having some shillings on hand for these transactions is recommended.

Zanzibar uniquely blends African, Arabic, and Indian influences in its cuisine. The island is known for its spices, particularly cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, used in many local dishes.

Seafood is also a prominent ingredient, and dishes such as grilled octopus, calamari, and prawns are popular. Zanzibar is also famous for its street food, including Zanzibari pizza, samosas, and sugarcane juice.

Vegetarian and vegan options are also available at many restaurants.

While Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim Island, tourists are not required to dress conservatively. However, covering your shoulders and knees is advised when visiting mosques or other religious sites.

Zanzibar has a rich cultural history, influenced by its past as a hub for the spice and enslaved person trades. The island has a vibrant arts scene, with music, dance, and visual arts playing an essential role in local culture.

Drinking bottled water in Zanzibar is recommended to avoid the risk of water-borne illnesses. Bottled water is widely available on the island. /p>

Tipping is not mandatory in Zanzibar but is appreciated, especially in the hospitality industry. A tip of 10% is appropriate.

Taxis, buses, and dala-dalas (minibusses) are Zanzibar’s primary modes of transportation. Visitors can also rent cars or scooters, but it’s essential to have an international driver’s license. Or you can let Easy Travel arrange all your transportation in Zanzibar.

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