Visit Zanzibar - Best of Zanzibar

Located off the coast of Tanzania in Africa, the archipelago of Zanzibar is one of the most famous islands in the world. Its serene waters lay a warm turquoise cover to the corals reefs and exotic wildlife surrounding the islands. Zanzibar was a major port in the old trading days since it lies on the route between Asia and Africa. Vasco-da-Gama’s famous voyage to India brought Zanzibar into European attention and it was subsequently colonized by several countries like Britain and Portugal. Their influence can be seen to this day in Stone Town and Zanzibar city. Zanzibar was also important in the trade circuit because it plays an important role in the spice trade. As you go inwards in Zanzibar, you will see plenty of spice and herb cultivations. Zanzibar is also known as Spice Island because of this. A quirky trait on this archipelago is displayed on the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town. Traditionally, when constructing a house here, work usually begins with the making of the door. Their designs are aesthetic wonders and tourists visiting this town are recommended a walk down the streets to see some samples. The archipelago is almost 90 kilometres long and the beaches on the northern and eastern coast are the best diving spots. The eastern coast also has several resorts if you want to be pampered in luxury. However, getting down and dirty in the local way is highly recommended because even the simplest things on these islands are an experience of their own. A word of caution regarding the climate, try and avoid the island during rains. It is wet and humid on land and the sea is rough throughout the year, more so when it rains. You can sail around in a dhow when it is sunny, but let the locals be in control of the craft. There are several amusement options for kids and large groups too. Zanzibar is the place to be if you wish to see the confluence of European, African and Arab cultures.

Zanzibar Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Zanzibar tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC +03.00
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
  • Electricity: 220-240 volts, 50Hz
  • Internet: Few public places and most hotels in Zanzibar offer free Wi-Fi.
  • Languages: Kiswahili, English
  • Security: Emergency contact: 999
  • Zanzibar is largely a Muslim area so there are certain regulations that apply to everyone who visits the archipelago. Dress conservatively. Do not drink alcohol out in the open.
  • It is impolite to eat or drink during the day in the month of Ramadan.
  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • If you own any flashy goods, it is best not to flash them openly. it can be an open invitation for thieves.
  • Do not wander alone at night, especially on beaches.

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Facts and Stats for Zanzibar*

  • Zanzibar: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Zanzibar for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Zanzibar.

    • Burglary and Theft 87.5 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 87.5 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 93.75 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 87.5 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 87.5 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 87.5 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 87.5 (Very High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 93.75 (Very High)
  • Living in Zanzibar - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 11.33 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 73.72 (High)
    • Health Care Index 48.61 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 72.41 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Zanzibar

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Zanzibar

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 10.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 13.19 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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