Zanzibar is the capital city on a beautiful tropical island of Unguja often referred to as Zanzibar. It is also known as the Spice Islands and acts as a great destination to complete your African Safari. Ruled by Africans, Portuguese, Arabs, English and the German Empire has created an interesting history with unique forts and buildings to explore – step back in time and walk through narrow streets of Stone Town and whitewashed houses, markets, mosques and shops.More information
Official Name: Zanzibar
Capital: Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja
Population: 985,000. Zanzibar City 205,000
Land Area: It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25-50 km off the coast of Tanzania and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba
Political Status: A semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, East Africa. It has its own government, known as the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)AUD 1 = TZS 1572.95 (Tanzanian Shilling; calculated 18 June 2019). US Dollars are accepted as tips and required if using VISA.
Time: 3 hours ahead of GMT
Language: English, French, Italian, Kiswahili and Swahili
Schooling: The first ten years of schooling is compulsory and free.
Key Industries: Spices, raffia, seaweed and tourism are key industries. In particular cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.
Climate: The heat of summer is often cooled by strong sea breezes associated with the northeast monsoon. Being near the equator, the islands are warm year-round, Rain occurs in November through to May. June to October the temperatures range from about 22 -30 degrees Celsius.
Sauti za Busara, February – this Swahili music festival takes place in February and is one of the biggest and best-known festivals in East Africa.
Zanzibar International Film Festival, July – discover the cultural heritage of East Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Middle-East, through the art of cinema.
Jahazi Festival, September – Jahazi is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to inspiring youth, learning and education, through literature and music.
Watersports Festival and Dhow race, September – the Zanzibar Beach & Watersports Festival is a celebration of beach life organized by a group of volunteers
Fashion Week Zanzibar, September/October – discover a showcase of the best and most unique styles in the region.
Stown Town Food Festival, October – the first food festival in Zanzibar Stone Town with a number and range of different restaurants and vendors participating.
Zanzibar is the capital city on a beautiful tropical island of Unguja often referred to as Zanzibar. It is also known as the Spice Islands and acts as a great destination to complete your African Safari. The historical Stone Town is a must see, although not always the cleanest, the varied old buildings of mixed period architecture ensure interesting photo opportunities. It is filled with history including famous Dr. David Livingstone to the slave trade. Persian traders used it as a base for voyages between the Middle East, India, and Africa. Ruled by Africans, Portuguese, Arabs, English and the German Empire has created an interesting history with unique forts and buildings to explore – step back in time and walk through narrow streets of Stone Town and whitewashed houses, markets, mosques and shops. The island is still home of spice trading, years after the end of the slave trade and grows almost 80% of the world’s supply of cloves. Rare Red Columbus primates exist in the drier areas of coastal thickets and Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. There are no large wild animals in Unguja but a wide variety of bird life and large numbers of butterflies are often seen in the rural areas (or the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre.) Time to relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches. Every day ends with a beautiful sunset over the East African waters. Zanzibar acts as a great destination to complete your African Safari.
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