Zanzibar is an archipelago that sits in the Indian Ocean 16-31 miles off mainland Tanzania. The islands are a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania and are fondly called the Spice Isles for their historic cultivation and trade of spices. The archipelago is made up numerous small islands and two large ones-Unguja (often referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island.
The islands are known for their snow white sand beaches, palm trees and it is romantically said that the air is unendingly filled with the enchanting aroma of spices. Within Unguja lies the historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in beautiful Indo-Arabian architecture. Pemba is popular for its snorkelling and diving opportunities and its large population of endemic Pemba flying foxes (fruit bats). The island is also treasured for its cultural experiences seen in its people whose coastal lifestyle remains virtually unchanged.
|Visa requirements||Travelling to Zanzibar requires that you have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival to the island. It is possible to acquire a visa at Zanzibar International Airport upon arrival, but it’s strongly recommended that you acquire your visa in advance-if possible 3 months prior your visit. A holiday visa is valid for 90 days and online application for a visa is possible.|
|Languages spoken||Swahili, Arabic and English|
|Currency used||Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)|
|Area (km2)||2,462 square kilometres (951 square miles)|