Zanzibar is part of the East Africa nation of Tanzania. It is archipelago in the Indian Ocean that is 25- 50 km off the coast of Tanzania. The archipelago consists of 2 large islands and many smaller islands. The two large islands are Unguja (Zanzibar Island) and Pemba.
The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja is Zanzibar city and its old quarter known as Stone Town, is a world heritage site. Zanzibar’s rich history has been influenced by the Arabs, Persians, Indians, Portuguese, British and local tribes from Africa mainland and this shows in the architecture.
Zanzibar is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral roofs and the historically significant stone town. Its brilliant white beaches are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing
Zanzibar main industries are species and tourism. It is still sometimes referred to as the Spice Island because of the significance of its production of cloves of which it’s a world leader and also nutmeg, cardamom, and pepper. The ecology is of note for being the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red colobus monkey, not to maintain the diverse marine life found on the islands surrounding coral reefs.
While on Vacation in Zanzibar, there are several activities you can include in. Below are activities that can be combined and done;
Spice Farm: We will tour the village farm where we will see, taste and smell all the magic of nature. You will be asked to guess from the sense of smell which spice or fruit grew from every tree and bush, flaunted with palm leaf jewelry and enjoyed a sumptuous fruit meal Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredient in a Zanzibar’s everyday life, it is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. Zanzibar and Spice is a romantic entanglement that dates back to the 16th century. Apart from being an important commodity on the trade routes, they can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, this is also a fantastic opportunity to see the countryside and rural areas of Zanzibar, connect with local people and it is the best place to buy fresh spices directly from the source.
Stone Town: Old town but very lively. Take a tour of the city’s enchanting alleys with our guide who will enrich you with knowledge of the city today and fascinating history (according to your wishes).
The Prison Island: It is also called as Turtle Island, where land turtles arrived from the Seychelles, weighing about 100 kilograms and reaching the age of 150 years. Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.
Jozani Park: This is the only nature reserve in Zanzibar where there are beautiful mahogany trees, a very impressive tropical forest, where the colossus is grown only here in Zanzibar. This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s.
Dolphin Tour: If you are planning a trip to Zanzibar, you should not miss this wonderful experience to swim with this amicable and playful creature. The Dolphin tour takes place in the southern part of Island in the village of Kizimkazi. In fact, this is perfect place for dolphin watching in Zanzibar and its well known around the world
The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it’s hot and dry.
Generally the main rainy season, or the ‘long rains’, last during March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which can be heavy on any of the islands.
The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.The long dry season, when rainfall is fairly unusual, lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October.
Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it’s usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it’s a great time to visit Zanzibar. During November and December there’s another rainy season: the ‘short rains’. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable.
The climate is tropical, hot all year round, with two rainy seasons: one more intense, known as the “long rains” season, from March to May, with the peak in April, and the other less intense, known as the “short rains” season, between mid-October and December.
Total annual rainfall is about 1,600 millimeters (63 inches) in Zanzibar and 1,900 mm (75 in) in Pemba. April and May are the wettest months, when downpours can be really strong and cause floods. However, some short thunderstorms can occur throughout the year.
There are only two ways to get to this tropical paradise; by air and through the sea.
Through the Sea -Oftentimes, staying close to the ground or water adds more adventure to any experience. Ferry travel can be exhilarating, and, in Tanzania, it will put you in direct contact with seafaring locals. Most high-speed ferries depart to Zanzibar multiple times a day from Dar es Salaam.
A popular option is to book your safari for Northern Tanzania and/or a Kilimanjaro trek, then fly directly to Zanzibar from Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport, or the Serengeti bush. Flights from Arusha are 1.5 hours; they are frequent and reasonably priced. If you fly from the Serengeti, be aware that this might require a few stops. This combination offers a convenient beach getaway after days in the bush. Your African Diurnal Safaris team can organize all the transfers to and from airport to hotel, to paradise, and back. Hassle-free.
The other ways to get to Zanzibar internationally is flying to Dar es Salaam Emirates are normally cheapest but fly via Dubai, British Airways fly direct from Heathrow, and KLM fly overnight (usually with a stop in Amsterdam). Flights to Nairobi are available through Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Qatar with Virgin offering a direct service. Indirect flights to Mombassa are available through Kenya Airways, Air France, Ethiopia Airlines and KLM
Zanzibar Beach holiday packages
Explore this pristine island with our Zanzibar holiday packages includes the best romantic retreats and honeymoon suites in calm upscale hotels as well as family friendly holidays at larger beach resorts and lavish villa accommodations.