A little about Zanzibar

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. 

Unguja Island about 85 kilometers long and 39 kilometers wide. It has a surface area of 2,462 km2. Its highest point is 390 feet above sea level.

Zanzibar's main industries are spices, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes referred to locally as the "Spice Islands”.

Capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City with its historical part Stone Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

 Please visit our Attractions page for all activities.


Time zone: GMT + 3

Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), but US Dollars are widely accepted, ATMs are available in Stone Town  

Visa: All visitors require a valid passport and visa for the duration of their stay. Visa can be obtained at the entry points and costs 50 USD.

Language: Kiswahili, although English is widely spoken

Zanzibar Airport: ZNZ Abeid Amani Karume International Airport


Health and Safety

International 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. However, travelers exempted from Yellow Fever Vaccination are under medical ground or age below I year and above 60 years or pregnant woman.

Zanzibar is a low risk malaria area - taking of prophylactics is the decision of individual travelers. However, mosquito repellent, sleeping under mosquito nets 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. Average temperature at Zanzibar is 25-30 °C.


All visitors to Zanzibar are advised to observe the following:

Swim suits and skimpy dresses are restricted at public areas, but allowed at hotels and resort premises.

Taking alcohol in the public may offend the residents.

Nudity on the beach is not acceptable.

Kissing in public or display of affection is not customary to Zanzibar.

Taking photographs of residents without asking their permission is considered offensive.

Military and security sensitive areas cannot be photographs.


Plastic bags have been bound from Tanzania (mainland), however highly recommended to avoid them also in Zanzibar to preserve this beautiful island.

Beach towels are provided in the villas and bungalows.

Using reef shoes is highly recommended.

We have snorkeling equipment at the hotel.

Tap water at Zanzi Resort has been tested and found highly 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.

If you have booked a transfer from the airport with us (Cost is 35 USD one way) – and this is strongly recommended – please send us your flight details to contact@zanziresort.com. 

Our manmade beach is very private - it is surrounded by cliffs and there is no entrance from the outside of hotel.

Jetty will allow you to reach deep water 24/7, so you don't have to worry about tides.

If you have any questions before your arrival or you want to plan something special for your stay, please feel free to contact us at any time. We are here to help you create best memories from your Zanzibar holidays!