Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Zanzibar Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Corals, beaches and a World Heritage Site

Zanzibar is a region and island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The main islands of the island chain are Unguja and Pemba, of which the former is regularly referred to as "Zanzibar" itself. Zanzibar is synonymous with beautiful white and powdery sand beaches lined with palm trees, and plenty of corals and aquatic life.

Besides beaches, one of the main sights in Zanzibar is Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City which was pronounced a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The architecture there has Moorish, Persian, Indian, African and European influences and it's possible to spend days going through the labyrinth of alleyways exploring its bazaars, mosques and shops. The city was the center of trade between East-Africa and Asia in pre-colonial days.

On Stone Town's waterfront lies Forodhani Night Food Market, a visit to which cannot be omitted from any trip to Zanzibar. Watch the stalls go up at the end of the afternoon, and enjoy the endless grilled seafood, naan, samosa, etc.

But besides the impressive historical offerings, the best entertainment is still provided by the beaches, of which there are 30 or so, some more secluded than others. The best ones lie on the north and east coast. Other big tourist activities are swimming with dolhpins (best done at Kizimkazi) and snorkelling on or around the corals of Mnemba Island. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Zanzibar is a region in Tanzania. It is situated at an altitude of 33ft and the best airport to fly into is ZNZ (Kisauni, Zanzibar)
  • The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Zanzibar Weather

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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