Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago approximately 35km off the shore of Tanzania (East Africa) consisting of Zanzibar Island (known as Unguja), Pemba Island and many smaller islets. Island has a very rich and interesting history. Zanzibar culture is based on many Arabic, Persian and British influences.
Capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City with its historical part Stone Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Stone Town walk should be a must-see for every visitor. Darajani market and small gift shops near the Old Fort will show you colours and vibrations of Africa. Visiting Old Slave Market is a great chance to get to know better Zanzibar's rich history.
For a perfect ending of busy day in the city you should visit Forodhani Gardens after 5 p.m., near the Arab Fort , where you can find a lot of local food in very good prices.
Zanzibar is well known as an island of spices. Plantations of cinnamonn, chilli, pepper, corriander and cloves can be found at many local Spice Farms. You can make a visit at one of them and find out more about your favourite spices.
Time zone: GMT + 3
Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), but US Dollars are widely accepted
Visa: Tourist visa costs 50 USD and can be obtained on the arrival.
Language: Kiswahili, although English is widely spoken
Zanzibar Airport: ZNZ Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required only if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Zanzibar is a low risk malaria area - taking of prophylactics is the decision od individual travellers. However mosquito repellent and long sleeves and throusers at the evenings are reccommended.