Part of the state of Tanzania, but with autonomy. There has been great Arabic influence, and walks through the old town with its narrow alleys, strong smells and sounds is an exciting experience.The capital of Zanzibar is Stone Town. Stone Town is on the World Heritage list for its unique history and culture. The city is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old buildings. The best way to see Stone Town is to go into the maze, even though you may feel a little lost. There is always a friendly soul to ask for directions if one were to feel disoriented.
Walks through the old town with its narrow alleys, strong smells and sounds is an exciting experience. Make sure that the tour will visit Darjani market, where they sell fish and fruit. You can go on trips to the spice farms where it is grown nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and more. A trip to Prison Island is highly recommended. Feeding the big turtles and learn more about the history of the prison to be used for storage of slaves, but was used as a quarantine station. However, Zanzibar also has fantastic beaches, great diving opportunities. More PADI dive centers, both in Stone Town and hotels on the east coast. Many choose Zanzibar after climbing Kilimanjaro and / or safari. Daily flights from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and from several national parks.
Language:Swahili is the local language, but English is also widespread.
Time zone:UTC +3
Currency:Tanzania Schilling. Credit cards can be used in hotels. Bring USD to tip, pretty notes, and preferably not $ 100-bills. Not older than 2004 notes. Remember to contact your local administration office in good time before departure for the guidance and recommendations about vaccination. Yellow fever vaccine is now compulsory.
Passport / Visa:
passport must be valid for at least 6 months after travel is completed. Visa purchased upon arrival, $ 50 in cash, notes not earlier than 2004.
How to Get There
The principal flight to Zanzibar is Kenya Airways transit at Nairobi. Other carriers are Qatar Airline, Ethiopian Airline, Air India, South African Airways, British Airways and KLM stopping over Dar-es-Salaam, from where you can catch a ferry to Zanzibar. There are also a number of regularly direct charter flights to Zanzibar from Europe travelling direct.
If your air ticket takes you only to Dar-es-Salaam, local air carriers such as Coastal Travel, Zan Air, Precision Air, Tropical Air provide scheduled flights in small twin-engined which would provide you with your flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar .
Regular fast ferries operate between Dar – Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Pemba. A ferry to Dar es Salaam from Zanzibar range from 75minutes to 90minutes and the same for a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, and a ferry to Pemba from Zanzibar can take about 3 hours depending on wheather. Timetables and prices are displayed on boards outside each office. Alternatively you can get the detailed information from a local tour operator.