Zanzibar, is a partner in the United Republic of Tanzania. It is located in the Indian Ocean about 35 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at Longitude 39 degrees East and Latitude 6 degrees South of the Equator. The highest point of the island is 150 meters above sea level. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.
There are several ways to reach Zanzibar. One can fly into Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with KLM, British Airways, Emirates, South African Airways, Swiss Air or Kenya Airways then connect with a domestic flight to Zanzibar. Zanzibar can also be very conveniently reached from Dar Es Salaam with daily sea ferry schedules taking only two hours traveling time. Alternatively airlines such as Precision Air, Zan Air, and Coastal Air have daily scheduled flights to Zanzibar from Dar Es Salaam taking only 20 minutes flying time.>
Many international airlines such as Fly Dubai, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Mango Airlines etc fly direct to Zanzibar other airlines such as Emirates, South African Airways, KLM, Swiss Airlines, Turkish Airlines, RwandAir, Etihad Airways, Air Seychelles etc fly to Dar es Salaam from where you can take a local flight such as Precision air, Coastal or ZanAir to the island or choose to cross over by ferry such as Azam Marine, Sea Star or Flying Horse ( the trip by sea lasts approximately 2 hours ). A number of European tour operators also operate regular weekly charter flights directly to the island.
Island Capital : Zanzibar Town
Population : 950.000
Island size : 1464 square km, 86 km long and only 36 km wide at the largest point.
Climate : Tropical, average temp. 25 degrees centigrade throughout the year . Long rains in April/May, short rains in October/November. Hot dry season from November to March.
Time Zone : GMT plus 3 hours
Language : Official languages are Kiswahili and English
Currency : Tanzanian Shilling
Shopping : A variety of locally produced crafts can be found in the shops and bazaars of StoneTown.
Telephone : Country code +255 Local area code 24. A few cellular phone companies are now operating on the island and rental of mobile phones is available for visitors.
Electricity : 220 Volts
Entry Documents : You will need a valid passport and a visa depending on the country of origin.
Visa : Visitors can obtain visas at Major entry points. Check the most current information.
Pharmacy: Shamshu & Sons Pharmacy
Health : Prophylaxis for malaria highly recommended.
Airport : Zanzibar International Airport
Driving : on the left--International Driving License required.
December – March is generally hot and dry.
April – Mid of June is wet because of the long rains.
July – August is dry and breezy with little rainfall
October - November is when the short rains appear.