Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania. Its archipelago is 25–50 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania and consists of several small islands in the Indian Ocean which two large ones, namely Unguja and Pemba. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade centre with Swahili and Islamic influences and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 85 km long, 39 kilometres wide and has an area of 1,464 km2. The word Zanzibar comes from Arabic Zanjibār, which is in turn from Persian Zang-bār , a compound of Zang (“Black”) + bār (“coast”).
Zanzibar is very unique because of its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, vast spice farms, but moreover its cosmopolitan nature which comes from its different former rulers – Omanis, Indians and African. It is beautiful to see how it is integrated in everything here on Zanzibar; in things such as buildings, furniture, doors, rugs, etc. In addition to that, it is also famous for being an ancient town and a former hub for slave trade. It is a town filled with so much history.
Generally, the climate in Zanzibar is warm all year round as it is close to the equator. The heat of summer (corresponding to the Northern Hemisphere winter) is often cooled by strong sea breezes associated with the northeast monsoon, particularly on the north and east coasts. Rains occur in November but are characterised by brief showers. Longer rains normally occur from March to May in association with the southwest monsoon.
There are many excursions which ZanTours can provide while visiting Zanzibar. Please visit our Excursions page to see what we offer.