Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of two main Islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, ‘Zenj’, meaning black, and ‘bar’, being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title ‘Land of the Blacks’. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra “The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa.
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Zanzibar cultures became more diverse in its range, more unique in its expression. Zanzibar is the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan’s empire prospered. It is here that the Africa Culture blended with other cultures mainly Persian, Arabic and Indian to forms Swahili Culture. Today the romance, the splendor and legends of the past are still vibrantly alive, traditional sailing dhows, carved wooden and doors, chests, the scent of the clove and the smile of the hospitable people welcomes you to Zanzibar.
The Zanzibar archipelago is a tropical island and its climate is subject to the whims of monsoon winds. The northern monsoon (known as Kaskazi in Kiswahili) lasts three to four months from December to March. The South west monsoon (Kusi) lasts from April to November. The rainy seasons (Masika) starts in March or April and lasts in May. June to October is the dry season and temperatures are clement. There are short rains known as Vuli. Zanzibar gets about 60 inches of rains annually. The maximum temperatures are 88.50F in February and 810F in July. The minimum temperatures are 800F in March and 710F in June.
Visitors to Zanzibar are no longer required by law to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. When you enter the country, please see your local doctor or Travel Clinic for further information about inoculations required for the area.
Malaria is still prevalent in East Africa and so one should also take a malaria prophylaxis. There are many different kinds of medications for Malaria. However, precautions should be taken to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. Apply insect repellent and sleep under mosquito nets at night. Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers in the evenings.
Zanzibar is not much infected by HIV/AIDS. However you are advised to avoid all AIDS fueling factors.
As in almost all African countries, it is pleased to drink bottled water and avoid uncooked foods that may have been washed in untreated water. Sunstroke and heat exhaustion are common, so drink sufficient water, wear sensible clothing and use a high-factor sunscreen.
Zanzibar is a safe country, and most locals are friendly and honest. Though simple precautions should be taken so as to have a relaxing and interesting stay in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
As you stroll through Stone Town , you will find several shops selling wood carvings, Zanzibari chests, clothes, spices, jewellery, paintings and antiques. Most of the gift shops are situated along Kenyatta Road in Shangani, and Gizenga Street behind the Old Fort. Tourists are advised not to buy any products related to protected species on the islands, such as sea shells and turtles. A holiday to Zanzibar would be incomplete without visiting these souvenir shops.
Zanzibar weather and climate
We’re often asked “When is the best time to go to Zanzibar?”, and the answer is often complex. It will depend on many things including your interests, exactly where you want to visit and why you’re travelling. One person’s best time can be another’s worst! For a beach holiday, the weather and climate is generally the most important factor:
The best time to visit Zanzibar
Here is a broad guide to the climate of Zanzibar. Please remember that this comes from records and our experience, not from a crystal ball. Weather patterns across Africa are becoming increasingly unpredictable, probably due to global warming; we’re seeing downpours in the middle of deserts and damaging droughts when rains should be falling.
Just south of the equator, Zanzibar’s weather pattern follows that of Tanzania very closely – although always tends to be a little more humid – and occasional rain in the dry season is less uncommon than in the heart of the mainland Tanzania.
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.
If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania’s ‘short dry season’, before starting to rain again in earnest in March.
Combining the wildebeest migration with a trip to Zanzibar
Many travellers will combine time on Zanzibar’s beaches with a visit to northern Tanzania, for the Serengeti wildebeest migration. This breathtaking spectacle can be seen at any time of year – provided you know where to look! Between one and two million wildebeest, escorted by zebra and gazelle, criss-cross the Serengeti in search of fresh grasslands and water. Where the animals migrate is predictable to some extent, depending on the rainfall. Ask us for details about the migration, and about when and where to go to get best out of your trip,
Stone town tour in Zanzibar is an half day tour starts and end at your hotel,
The main attractions:-
-historical sites and monuments
About the tour
Stone town tour is a roughly three hours guided tour begins and ends at your hotel. The tour may commence either at the City Market at darajani or near forodhani garden and covers all historical sites and monuments places.
You will be driven or walk (optional) to all the National Museum of Zanzibar (opened 1925) to see interesting relics. You leave and head along the waterfront to Shangani street- Old British Consolate, the House of Wonders (built in 1883), the Arab Fort (built in the 1700), From here, you proceed on a leisure walk through the Bazaar streests along with narrow streets of Stone Town (old part of the Zanzibar city) where most of the buildings are dilapidated and date back into almost 2 centuries ago. In this part of the town, you will find series of small and exotic bazaars and curio shops.
Town Market, Old Slave Market and Slave Chambers, spice market, fruit market, fish and chiken market, Africa House (former English Club), Tippu Tip House, Freddie Mercury house, Kele Kele Square, The Memories Of Zanzibar Curio Shop, Old British Consulate, Orphanage Home, Old Fort, Fordhani Gardens, House of Wonders, Sultan Palace (now Palace Museum), Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbour, are among the interesting sites on this guided tour of Zanzibar.
-this is a private tour and it is usually starts 9am, or any time before 4 pm, but we are highly suggest pickup time from your hotel to be at 8:30am
Spice tour in Zanzibar is an half day tour starts and end at your hotel,
The main attractions:-
-discover the variety of spice and fruit plants
-coconut climber on his work
-testing the tropical fruits
about the tour
Spice tour in Zanzibar is an half day private tour which is regarded as the top 2 day trips in Zanzibar, tropical fruits, herbs, spices and other rarely species of other plants are among the different vegetation to be seen on this guided tour.
It is not only a day tour, but is a really experience to prove why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island. Over the centuries, Zanzibar’s cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices brought by the sultan of Oman across the Indian Ocean by dhow on the seasonal trade winds. The guide gives detailed descriptions of what the various plants are used for, though not all of them are for food. The leaves of the neem tree were once used as a cure for malaria and indigestion, the iodine tree produces a deep red sap used to fight infection, while the foaming berries of the unimaginatively named soap berry tree were used for centuries as an alternative to soap. Other spices include nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, tamarind, menthol and cloves.
The island was once known as the world’s leading producer of cloves, the henna tree produces a dye from its crushed leaves used by women to elaborately decorate their hands and feet in delicate patterns.
On the tour you may have the opportunity to have a body part painted, but by quick drying Indian ink, as henna takes all day to dry
-this is a private tour and it is usually starts 9am, or anytime before 4 pm, but we are highly suggest pickup time from your hotel to be at 8:30am
Dolphin tour in Zanzibar is an half day tour starts and end at your hotel,
The main attraction:-
-is being able to swim close to the dolphins
About the tour
Dolphin tour is one among our best spoken and booked day tour, actually is to swim with the dolphins. they are very social themselves, if you are lucky you may get to play with them. the tour is situated on the southernmost of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is the home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which are sighted following a short boat trip from the village.
Please note that this tour is subject to weather conditions, we have our people at Kizimkazi village and if the weather is not appropriate we shall inform you on the morning, and we shall postpone it to the next day or after negotiated with our esteemed clients.
Kizimkazi is also known for its historical site (old mosque) of a 12th century, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and from that, the village is worthly a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
-this is a private tour but is only done early in the morning and afternoon, therefore you should be picked up from your hotel at 6:00am or 2:30pm
Prison island tour in Zanzibar is an half Day Tour starts and end at your hotel,
the main attractions:-
About the tour
Snorkeling around prison island (changuu island) has been one among the must do activities, there are a lot to talk about, but the most important ones are the history of slavery which is linked with the detention of the slaves soon after the abolishing of the sinful trade,
It is only 25 to 30 minutes by using the engine boat, our boats are roughly 7 meter-long, once you reach onto this magnificient island you will be welcomed by the Zanzibarian tortoises who are said to have mpore than 150 years into the island, these unique and rare inhabitants are more social and friends to anyone, apart from that there are dilapidated buildings,
In one way or the other, General mathews bought it and the gaul, which stillstands, was built in 1893, as a central prison for Zanzibar, hence the name PRISON ISLAND. It was however, never utilised as such.
-this is a private tour and it may start anytime before 4pm and after 9am, but we are highly suggest pickup time from your hotel to be at 8:30am
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