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. The Island has a very rich and interesting history. Zanzibar culture is based on many Arabic, Persian and British influences.
Zanzibar City with its historical part Stone Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. A Stone Town walk should be a must-see for every visitor. Darajani market and small gift shops near the Old Fort will show you the 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 to a 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 at very good prices.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required only if travelling 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 of individual travellers. However mosquito repellent and long sleeves and trousers at the evenings are recommended.
Zanzibar is situated only 6 degrees south of the equator therefore the risk of sunburn is extremely high. Please remember to pack a high factor sun protection and a hat.
The water in the taps at ZanziResort has been tested and found perfectly acceptable by European standards, however if you are more comfortable with bottled water, it is available at the resort. While you are away from the resort and experiencing the delights of the island you must be sure to only drink bottled water
Time zone: GMT + 3
Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), but US Dollars are widely accepted, ATMs are available in Stone Town
Visa: Tourist visa costs 50 USD and can be obtained on the arrival, at the airport.
Language: Kiswahili, although English is widely spoken
Zanzibar Airport: ZNZ Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
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