Zanzibar

East Africa

Zanzibar

The archipelago is home to kilometres of white sand beaches as well as coral and limestone scarps along the coast allowing safe and significant amounts of diving and snorkeling.

The Zanzibar Archipelago is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. Also nicknamed spice island, the archipelago is home to kilometres of white sand beaches and a cultural fusion of multiple cultures. The capital Zanzibar City still preserves the ancient city of Stone Town, the former capital of the Sultanate of Zanzibar. The town is home to numerous historical and cultural sites, some dating back to the 15th century. Zanzibari culture and architecture is built on a fusion of different cultures from Arabia, Persia, India and the coast of East Africa.

Often the trip to Zanzibar is the end of a tourist’s adventure into Tanzania after either a safari expedition in the north of the mainland or after a trek to the peak of Kilimanjaro. There are hundreds of kilometres of beach as well as coral and limestone scarps along the coast allowing safe and significant amounts of diving and snorkeling. Apart from the beaches the island has the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park which is a mangrove swamp and is the home for the red colobus monkey and home to 40 species of bird and 50 species of butterfly.

Zanzibar is accessible by air through Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and by ferry from Dar es Salaam.

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Country

Zanzibar

Visa Requirements

Visa in not needed for East Africans. Everyone else need a visa.

Languages spoken

Swahili, Arabic, English

Currency used

Tanzanian Shilling, US Dollar, Euro

Area (km2)

1,666 km2

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