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the spice island, a tropical treasure trove


Zanzibar is an insular autonomous region of Tanzania.

It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometers (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island.


The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja.

Its historic center, Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.


While Zanzibar is over 90% Muslim (mainly Sunni but including many minorities as well), there are also different Christian sects, Hindu and other, smaller religions represented on the island. 


Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia and tourism.

 In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes referred to locally as the "Spice Islands"

Zanzibar Excursion - Stone Town Tour
Zanzibar Excursion - Spices
Masai People in Zanzibar Tanzania


Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a very tropical climate. The average daytime high is between 28°C and 32°C and the night-time lows are between 20°C and 25°C.


Temperature wise – this island is an all-year-round winner. 

February is very hot and very humid and March to May are the wettest months.

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Luxury resorts boasting extensive selections of exciting activities, excursions and culinary delights.  

surrounded by swaying palms and picture-perfect beaches, will leave you longing to return time and again.

Image by Crispin Jones


Just a short four-hour flight from Johannesburg, direct to Zanzibar and direct flights from Cape Town via Nairobi or Addis Ababa to Zanzibar


Visas are not required by SA passport holders for a stay of up to ninety (90) days if travelling for tourism, or in transit.


Zanzibar's currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS) )

One Rand equals  about 160 Tanzanian Shillings


Fully vaccinated visitors to Zanzibar will no longer be subject to PCR testing on arrival from Friday (April 1).

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (WHO approved vaccines only).

Image by Aleksandra Khoroshykh


Zanzibaris speak Swahili (Kiswahili), a Bantu language that is extensively spoken in the African Great Lakes region.


Swahili is the de facto national and official language of Tanzania. Many local residents also speak Arabic, English, Italian and French. The dialect of Swahili spoken in Zanzibar is called.

Basic Swahili Phrases for Travelers
Hello:                  jambo/ hujambo/ ​salama
How are you?:                            habari gani
Fine (response):                                     nzuri
Goodbye:                       kwa heri/ kwa herini
See you later:                                 tutaonana
Nice to meet you:              nafurahi kukuona
Goodnight:                                    lala salama


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