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About Zanzibar

About Zanzibar

Map of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean, if not the world. It is one of the best-kept travel secrets and remains unspoilt by mass tourism.

Zanzibar archipelago is approximately 35km off shore from the Tanzania mainland and only six degrees south of the Equator.

It is comprised of two main Islands, Unguja (also called Zanzibar Island), and Pemba, along with many smaller islands and atolls. These provide miles and miles of palm lined beaches and colourful coral reefs perfect for diving or just soaking in the laid back atmosphere.

Zanzibar has been popular throughout history with artists, musicians and poets and still captivates people to this day. The very name conjures wondrous images and evokes intrigue.

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About Pure Zanzibar

Pure Zanzibar is a specialist Zanzibar and Tanzania travel agent / tour operator. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge, dedicated service and responsible ethos. We work together with local people to ensure the future of Zanzibar Island is not ruined by big business and corporate generics. Our team both in the UK and on Zanzibar Island are fully committed to providing you with the perfect holiday whilst at the same time championing local community projects which without you wouldn't get funded.

Pure Zanzibar can manage your holiday from booking a single hotel to a full tailor made itinerary including a Safari. All our staff have travelled the world extensively and will be more than happy to advise you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Our website contains all the information you need to plan and book your perfect trip, so whether it a Honeymoon or just a holiday you're after please look around and if you can't find what you're looking for, just ask.

At Pure Zanzibar we specialise in arranging the ground components, however we can source flights for you as well. We do this via specialist external agent to ensure that you get the best possible deal.

Please contact us if you need any further details on any of the above.

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Map of Zanzibar

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Why Pure Zanzibar?

When planning a big trip often the high street doesn’t cut it anymore. You want the trip to be special and that’s why it’s important to use a specialist that can listen to your needs and help you create the perfect experience that you will remember for years to come. Of course we are here to help.

There are many reasons to choose Pure Zanzibar to arrange your itinerary, including those listed below. We would also suggest reading some of our feedback from previous clients which can be found on our blog.
  • Wouldn’t you rather book with somebody who has actually stayed at the resorts you’re looking at?
    We run several staff trips each year to ensure that we all have an in-depth knowledge of every hotel or resort we sell.

  • We are the leading Zanzibar experts with up-to-date, unbiased information on a wide range of hotels and resorts across all budget levels. All our itineraries are bespoke and can be as individual as you are.

  • Pure Zanzibar is a privately owned and fully independent company. This means that we are free to recommend any hotels, camps or lodges that we feel are suitable. We select these on personal, firsthand experience not some large scale corporate deal.

  • We are small enough to deliver the personalised service you expect, but large enough ensure you get the best possible rates and that everything runs smoothly. In fact we account for the majority of bookings at most of the hotels we use and a large chunk of our business comes from personal recommendations and returning customers.

  • During the booking process you will have access to our many collective years of worldwide travel experience and advice but it doesn’t end here. Once in Zanzibar you will have full support from both us in the UK and our local team based in Stone Town should you need it.

  • Why not contact one of our Zanzibar experts now to begin planning your perfect trip.
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How to use this site

There are several ways to use this site to find your perfect Zanzibar Holiday or Honeymoon.

The Hotels Tab

On the Hotels tab along the top you will find a wide selection of Zanzibar Hotels and Safari Camps which we personally have visited and vetted to ensure that they are up to the standard you would expect at every budget level. We have provided costs per night as indicated based on mid or low season prices. Prices are given in two currencies, the original currency that the property trades in and a guide in GBP. Ultimately your itinerary cost will be calculated from the original currency and can be paid in USD, EUR or GBP.

Buy presenting the prices in this manor it enables you to begin the process of tailoring the perfect itinerary for you.

The Search Feature

Along the top of ever page there is a search bar, if you know the name of the property you’re looking for please type into the box and away you go. It’s also worth noting that we can arrange reservations even if your chosen property is not currently on our site.You can also search by feature, again fairly simple; choose the features you’re looking for and begin your search. You will then be presented with a selection of properties in the order that best fit your requirements.

Example Itineraries

For your connivance we have put together a selection of Honeymoon and Safari itineraries. These can be done ‘as is’ or modified to fit your requirements. These can be found along the right hand side of their corresponding pages.

There are also a wide selection of trips, tours and experiences dotted throughout which can be pre booked or arranged locally with our ground team.

Here to Help

We hope you find this site useful, informative and full of ideas for your trip, however, we would strongly recommend you pick up the phone and call us. Straight away you will notice the difference. Unlike many operators that don’t visit or just ‘inspect’ the properties they recommend, we believe that you have to fully experience a property to get the full picture. Our agents have actually stayed in the majority of the properties we recommend and between us we have covered them all.

A quick phone call will help us learn more about your likes and dislikes than an email ever will.

Need more info?
Please contact our Zanzibar Holiday Experts now.

Call: 0044 (0)1227 753180
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History of Zanzibar

Zanzibar's history has undoubtedly been shaped by its geographical location. It is situated on the eastern edge of Africa within range of monsoon winds and ocean currents. For many years Zanzibar was a popular respite for ships travelling to Arabia, India and the Far East. Often sailors were obliged to spend many months resting and relaxing whilst they waited for the monsoon winds to change direction and gather strength for their journey home.

It is thought that the first people to settle on Zanzibar were African fishermen who travelled across from Tanzania mainland around five to six thousand years ago. Since then Zanzibar's history has been forged by many external factors, evidence exists in the architecture and even the language, Kiswahili; which is a mixture of Arabic, Portuguese, English and Hindi words.

The first non Africans to visit Zanzibar, around 2000-3000 BC, were Sumerian traders from Mesopotamia. They were followed, around 3000 years ago, by Assyrians and Phoenicians, who used Zanzibar as a stop over on route to Sofala in Mozambique, thought to be the site of the original King Solomon's Mines. These traders were transporting large volumes of gold, silver and ivory to be used for the development of many Mediterranean empires. Coins dating back over 2000 years, from Parthia (northeast Iran) have been found, as well as Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts. During the second century an anonymous account from a Greek mariner refers to the Islands as being under Arabian sovereignty - presumably Sabaeans from the Kingdom of Sheba (modern Yemen), who bartered ivory, turtle shells and ebony, and other rarities, in exchange for weapons, wheat, wine, cloth and Chinese porcelain.

As time passed Zanzibar grew in importance as a key trading port. The Persians established a network of towns along the coast of Zang-I-Bar ("the sea of blacks"), from Somalia in the north to Mozambique in the south, including Kizimkazi on Zanzibar, the site of the oldest standing mosque in east Africa, completed in 1007AD. Persian traders became well acquainted with Zanzibar, so well in fact it is thought that the tales of Sindbad the Sailor were based on Zanzibar and that many ended up settling on the Island. Intermarrying with locals gave rise to what became the Swahili people. This coincided with huge growth in demand for African exports including, gold, ivory, leopard skins, rhino horns, timber and slaves. The Swahili civilizations peaked around the fourteenth to fifteenth century until the arrival of the Portuguese.

The Portuguese first arrived in Zanzibar in 1498 whilst charting the route to India. Initially their interests were as a resting area, however, the riches of the Swahili traders soon attracted more attention. In 1503 Zanzibar was attacked by the Portuguese captain Ruy Lourenco Ravasco who claimed most of the gold from Mwinyi Mkuu, the Swahili ruler. Within 10 years the Portuguese had conquered most of the Swahili coast and severely disrupted the trading alliances. So much so in fact that many began to leave the coast and the whole area began to fall into decline. By this point even the over stretched Portuguese could only manage to maintain a few key 'stepping stones' on shipping routes to India. This made way for a new power - Oman.

In 1606 the Omani's ejected the Portuguese from Pemba Island with an attack launched from Kenya. The Omani's reopened the old trade routes and gained in strength. In 1622 the Portuguese suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Hormuz, which signalled the beginning of the end for the Portuguese and by 1698 their last stronghold on Zanzibar Island was taken. Once the Portuguese were defeated the Omani quickly became the dominant power in the region and were swift to assert their control. Zanzibari trade flourished. During this period the most pivotal figure was Seyyid Said (ruler 1804 - 1856) who at the age of 15 assassinated his own cousin to become exclusive ruler over the Omani empire. Soon after in 1811 he built Stone Town's notorious slave market. Business was strong and, during the next 60 years over a million lives were traded here, largely gathered from the Tanzania main land. During the 19th century the rulers of Zanzibar controlled the whole of the East Africa slave trade, this was very profitable enabling the construction of many elaborate palaces, (many still standing) to be built in and around Stone Town.

By the mid 1800's many European explorers and missionaries were interested in exploring the 'dark continent'. Zanzibar was the logical base to launch expeditions due to the inland trade and slave routes developed by the Omani's. The first Missionaries to explore Tanzania were Germans; Johann Ludwig Krapf and Johannes Rebmann, who tried, unsuccessfully, to convert many tribes to Christianity and sent reports back of snow-capped mountains, which were ridiculed back home due to there proximity to the equator. Many others followed, largely in attempts to discover the source of the Nile, which has geopolitical significance. In 1858 a British explorer, John Hanning Speke, solved the 'riddle of the Nile' by discovering Lake Victoria, on an expedition launched from Zanzibar, and sailing down the great river. Two of the most famous explorers to have travelled the region were Henry Morton Stanley and Dr David Livingstone. Their famous "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" encounter took place in 1871 on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

In Europe competition was rising. The discovery of new markets and acquisition of natural recourses was becoming a top priority and Africa was seen as a land waiting to be conquered. Pushed under the guise of abolishing slavery the Europeans took Africa by force and started dividing it up. By 1886 European plans were in full flow and all of Zanzibar's mainland possessions, except for a six kilometre coastal strip, were taken by Germany.

Unfortunately a string of bad luck had left the Omani underpowered and unable to defend themselves properly. In 1870 a cholera epidemic swept Zanzibar and killed over 10,000. Two years later a violent cyclone swept the land destroying all bar one ship in Stone Town's harbour and decimated 85% of the clove plantations. At the time Zanzibar were supplying four fifths of the worlds cloves, a huge source of revenue, and to make matters worse, in 1873 the British forced the Sultan of Zanzibar to abolish the slave trade, their second source of income.

When the British Protectorate over Zanzibar was enforced in 1890, due to the death of Khalifa bin Said (ruler of Zanzibar), the island was in tatters. The new sultan was 'allowed' to continue in a ceremonial capacity but the British really called all the shots. By the end of World War I, the British were handed control of Tanganyika (to become Tanzania) but kept the two areas separate as Zanzibar still had a sultan.

World War II was a major turning point for not just Zanzibar and Tanganyika but the whole of Africa. Many thousands from Tanganyika were conscripted as solders and porters into the British army to fight. Once the war was over there was unrest and opposition to colonial rule as it was felt that nothing was offered in return. Across the continent many Independence movements started. In Tanganyika the 'Tanganyika African National Union' - TANU was formed in 1929. In 1954 a new mild mannered leader took control of the TANU. Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a former school teacher and professed a peaceful path to change. The TANU gained in popularity forcing the British to hold an election. Initially the elections were rigged to keep the TANU at bay, however rising tensions forced more elections until 1960 in a non rigged election the TANU won all bar one seat. Tanganyikan Independence was officially claimed on December 9, 1961.

In Zanzibar things were more complicated due to effectively two colonial overlords; the British who had political power and the Omani, who's Sultan still reigned and technically owned the land. The British eventually allowed the formation of political parties and scheduled elections for 1957. Africans were represented by the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), while the Arab minority supported the Zanzibar Nationalist Party (ZNP). A series of rigged elections took place between 1957 and 1961 which consistently denied the ASP power. African resentment of Arabs, who accounted for less than 20% of the population but controlled most of the wealth, grew. However, the British moved forward with plans for Independence which was declared, December 10 1963.

The single most influential event of recent history however remains the revolt in 1964 which saw huge numbers massacred. In one night 1200 Indians and Arabs were killed by the rampaging army of the revolution. This led to all bar one percent of the non African population leaving, including the Arab Sultan. The revolutionaries however, lacked the political support to take power so the leader of the ASP declared himself prime minister of Zanzibar and Pemba.

Meanwhile on the mainland Tanganyika became a 'one-party state' under TANU. The Chaos of the Zanzibari revolution had caused some concern to the TANU and the ASP on Zanzibar were broke. In 1964 Zanzibar linked up with Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. The new government adopted socialist ideology and converted many of the vacated merchants lavish palaces into low cost state housing. Many of these have now fallen into disrepair as the new government and tenants lacked the money and the inclination to continue with their upkeep. However Zanzibar still feels like a separate country, it has had a multi party democratic system since 1995 with its own parliament and president.

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Stone Town

Zanzibar - Stone Town

Stone Town is located along the west coast of Zanzibar Island and is considered to be one of the most traditional of remaining old Swahili trading settlements that would have been prevalent along East Africa. It resembles the labyrinth style medina's of north Africa and Morocco with all the narrow streets, twists and turns. Influences have come from the Portuguese who developed Stone Town as a trading port in 1503 and the Omani Arabs who expelled the Portuguese and built a fort, which stands largely unaltered, completed in 1701. The Omani quickly established themselves with the riches brought from the slave trade and soon the mud huts turned into stone. The first stone buildings were constructed during the reign of the Omani sultan, Seyyid Said, who in 1832 shifted his capital from Muscat to Stone Town. This building boom lasted approximately 60 years and accounts for most of what we see today.

When the British Protectorate over Zanzibar was enforced in 1890 Stone Town was more or less complete, and remains largely unchanged except for a few buildings along the waterfront which the British bombarded in 1896 during, what's called the 'Shortest War in History'. This 'War' lasted for around 45 minutes and was undertaken to ensure their choice of Sultan took power. Aside from this the British impact to the architecture of the city was nominal. Instead they concentrated their efforts on cleaning up the city which during the 19th century had been synonymous with filth, squalor and slavery.

Today a more romantic view of Zanzibar has taken shape. By the 1960's many western artists and musicians had visited and were inspired by the quaint charm and natural beauty of the island. In more settled times Stone Town has attracted back many foreign settlers who's houses nestle into the coastline and tourism has brought in much needed money.

Modern Stone Town has everything, from banks to hotels, markets, shops and restaurant's, however it is impossible not to feel that you have stepped back in time as you wander round and explore the city.
Stone Town - Zanzibar

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Zanzibar Beaches

Zanzibar - Zanzibar Beaches

Zanzibar has some of the best beaches anywhere in Africa and arguably the world, the best of which are to be found along the east coast on the northern part of the island. The beaches in this region are protected by off shore coral reefs and have fine white coral sand.

All Zanzibar's beaches are superb but a few stand out:

For its powdery white sand and traditional use in village life.

For its crystal clear water, pristine sands, and tranquillity.

Swimmable around the clock.

Palm fringed coastline at its best.

All beaches on Zanzibar offer something slightly different from one another, so check out our quick reviews, and don't forget to take a look at the picture gallery.

This is a long idyllic stretch of coast, offering fine sand and a great base from which to go snorkelling or diving. Guests to this part of the Zanzibari coast will also witness the traditional ways of the local village. Each morning the women harvest seaweed, whilst the fishermen string up their catch to be dried in the sun.

Best Places To Stay:
Matemwe Beach Village
Matemwe Bungalows

Pongwe beach is about as close to the quintessential tropical island paradise as you can get. It is set in a small cove along the palm lined coast which protects it from debris and seaweed being washed up on the shore. This is a good spot on the East coast, not too far from any of the islands other attractions although probably best suited for couples and romantics.

Best Places To Stay:
Pongwe Beach Hotel

This is a large village on the northernmost tip of the island. It is a lively fusion of traditional and modern styles and is a destination in itself. The beach again boasts beautiful white sands and idyllic setting, whilst only a few steps back you will find a host of guesthouses, bars and restaurants. Nungwi definitely has the party atmosphere and is considered by some as the only place to be, however others may choose to give it a wide berth in favour of more tranquil parts of the Island.

Best Places To Stay:
The Z Hotel

Kendwa is about 3km southwest of Nungwi and has a distinct atmosphere. It's mostly quiet and laid-back, unless there is a full moon, then the party goes all night. By day this is a long wide stretch of coast offering lots of activities and accommodation choices, slightly more spread out than Nungwi.

Best Places To Stay:
La Gemma dell Est

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Zanzibar's Weather

The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The rainy season in Zanzibar is typically April and May.

Required clothing:
Tropical clothing is worn throughout the year, but in the cooler season, from June to September, jackets and sweaters may be needed, especially in the evenings.

Zanzibar Climate

Todays Weather

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Tanzania Info

Tanzania has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. Everything from pristine coral reefs to the Crater Highlands, remote game reserves and the famous national parks are protected by government law and placed in trust for future generations to marvel at in wonder and awe. In addition to a listing of the main attractions of Tanzania, we have included many parks that are largely neglected in favour of the big names like Serengeti and Ngorongoro. It is our hope that in writing up these lesser-known locations, visitors may be tempted to include them on their itineraries and encourage tourism to other equally beautiful, parts of the country.

Please visit our Tanzania Info page.

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Special precautions are advised.

1. Yellow Fever.
2. Cholera.
3. Typhoid and Polio.
4. Malaria.

1. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of all travellers over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas and travellers coming from countries considered to be endemic by the Tanzanian authorities. The risk of yellow fever is highest in northwestern forest areas.

2. According to 1973 WHO guidelines, a cholera vaccination is no longer required for entry into Tanzania. However, cholera is a risk throughout the country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.

3. Vaccination against typhoid is advised.

4. Malaria risk, predominantly in the malignant falciparum form, exists all year throughout the country below 1800m (5906ft). The strain is reported to be highly resistant to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine.

Food & drink:
All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Travellers should use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing vegetables and reconstituting powdered milk. Other food hygiene precautions should be strictly observed.

Other risks:
Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. Sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis) occurs. Hepatitis A and E also occur; hepatitis B is endemic. There has been a recent outbreak of meningococcal meningitis. Immunisation against diphtheria and tuberculosis is sometimes recommended. Plague is present in the Tanga region.

Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. For more information, see the Health appendix.

Health care:
Private health insurance is recommended. There are over 2000 hospitals and clinics and some Christian missions also provide medical treatment; however, facilities are limited and medicines are often unavailable. All treatment must be paid for.

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Tanzanian Shilling (TSh) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5000, 1000, 500 and 200. Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

Currency exchange:
Money may be changed at banks, authorised dealers and bureaux de change. A receipt should be obtained and kept until departure.

Credit & debit cards:
Major credit & visa debit cards are accepted in larger hotels (charges may apply). Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other facilities which may be available.

Travellers cheques:
May be cashed with authorised dealers or bureaux de change. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Currency restrictions:
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.

We recommend purchasing USD for Zanzibar.

Travellers cheques are not widely accepted in Zanzibar, however why not buy a Pre paid Credit Card. All the flexibility of a regular card, without the risk of using your own cards abroad. Please follow the link above for your convenience. You can also use the link to purchase Cash.

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Passport / Visa

The granting of a visa does not guarantee permission to enter Tanzania. The Immigration Officer reserves the right to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry and should carry with them, for possible presentation to Immigration Officers, the documents submitted with their applications.

Passport valid for at least 6 months required by all.

Required by all nationals except the following for stays of up to 3 months (who are issued with a visitor's pass on arrival): Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, São Tomé e Príncipe, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Note: Nationals who do not require visas for stays of up to 3 months may still need entry permit clearance, except nationals of Kenya and Uganda. All other nationals must obtain visas in advance except nationals coming from a country where there is no Tanzania Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to issue a visa. In this case, these nationals may obtain a visa on arrival at one of the following four main entry points, provided all immigration and health requirements are met: Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border crossing) and Zanzibar International Airport.

Types of visa and cost:
The rate of the visa is currently 50 US $ OR 50 Euros. However it is advisable to check with your nearest Tanzanian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate prior to your travel for updated information.

Cost of Tourist visa depends on nationality of applicant. The above prices are for UK nationals; Irish nationals always pay £5. For postal applications, fees are payable only by postal order. Please note that once visas are processed, fees are non-refundable.

Validity: Single-entry: 3 months from date of issue; Multiple-entry: 6 months from date of issue.

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission or Embassy).

Application requirements:
(a) One completed application form.
(b) Two recent passport-size photos.
(c) Valid passport.
(d) Fee, payable in cash or by postal order, made payable to the Tanzania High Commission (nationals must pay by postal order only for postal applications).
(e) Pre-paid self-addressed, stamped envelope for postal applications.
(f) For business visitors, a letter indicating the nature of the trip and the business contact in Tanzania.

All nationals may be asked to attend an interview and/or supply further documents.

Working days required:
Normally 24 hours. Up to 7 days for postal applications.

Temporary residence:
Enquire at High Commission or Embassy.

The following services are taxed in Zanzibar:
An Airport tax of 50 US $ per ticket must be paid on departure. Keep small denomination ready as change might be limited sometimes. A tax of 5$ for every ticket for the person traveling through sea port.

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Kiswahili and English are the official languages. The terms Swahili and Kiswahili are used interchangeably, though the term Swahili normally refers to the people while Kiswahili refers to the language. Originating along the coast, Kiswahili is a Bantu language with many words derived from Arabic. Other African languages such as Bantu and those of Nilo-Hamitic and Khoisan origin are also spoken.
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The majority of Zanzibar’s residents practice the Islamic faith which reflects in their life style and culture. Mosques are sacred places and usually no entry by non Muslims. During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims are fasting from dawn to sun set and you may find difficult to find food during daylight hours. However some specified restaurants are allowed to serve the tourists. There are also Christian churches and Hindu temples which offer regular services on Sundays and on special occasions.

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GMT + 3
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230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs may be round or square three-pin, fused or unfused.
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IDD is available. Country code: 255. Outgoing international code: 00. In some rural areas, international calls must go through the operator. There are many public call boxes in post offices and main towns.

Mobile telephone
GSM 900/1800 network. Operators include Celtel Tanzania Ltd, Mobitel, Tritel (website:, Vodacom Tanzania and Zanzibar Telecom. Coverage is limited to main urban areas.

Faxes can be sent from the Tanzanian Telecom Office in Dar es Salaam, and from some hotels.

ISPs include Africa Online (website:, (website: and TZ Online (website: E-mail can be accessed in Internet cafes in main urban areas.

Telegrams can be sent from most post offices and major hotels.

Airmail to Europe takes 1 week. Courier services take less than 24 hours.

The English-language newspapers are the Business Times, Daily News, The Express, The Family Mirror, The Guardian and Sunday News printed in Dar es Salaam.

BBC World Service (website: and Voice of America (website: can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online.

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Duty Free

The following items may be imported into Tanzania without incurring customs duty:

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages; 570ml of perfume.

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Public Holidays

Jan 1 - New Year's Day.
Jan 12 - Zanzibar Revolution Day.
Apr 26 - Union Day.
May 1 - International Labour Day.
Jul 7 - Saba Saba (Industry's Day).
Aug 8 - Nane Nane (Farmer's Day).
Nov 14-16 - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
Dec 9 - Independence and Republic Day.
Dec 25 - Christmas Day.
Dec 26 - Boxing Day.

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be disrupted slightly. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Idd El Haji (Eid al-Adha) may last anything from 2 to 10 days, depending on the region.

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Flights to Zanzibar - International

Economy flights from the UK to Zanzibar can vary in cost depending on dates of travel and availability at time of booking. Prices can range from under £500 to over £1000 for peak dates. Should you require we can search and hold flights on your behalf whilst we get the rest of you itinerary in place. This will fix the price and is available to you free. Call 01227 753180 now.

International airports:
Dar es Salaam International (DAR) is 13km (8 miles) southwest of the city (travel time - 25-30 minutes). A shuttle bus service and taxi services are available to the city. Airport facilities include outgoing duty-free shop, car hire, post office, banking and currency exchange facilities (National Bank of Commerce), a bar and restaurant.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ). Shuttle bus services and taxis are available to Arusha from Kilimanjaro. Airport facilities include shops, post office, bar and restaurant.

Flights: - Please call 01227 753180 for a quote.

London - Dar Es Salaam Direct

OUTBOUND Service: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
INBOUND Service: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

The International Airport at Dar Es Salaam is next to the domestic terminal where you can take a small aircraft at a cost of $80 pp over to Zanzibar. The 20 minute journey is stunning as you fly low above the Ocean and see the beautifully formed coral paradise island emerge from the waters. The different depths of water create a patchwork of blues from the deepest royals to the most electric of turquoise. Breathtaking.

London - Nairobi - Zanzibar

Daily flights with one change in Nairobi - Optional Stopovers are permitted on higher class fares.

Kenya Airways is often the preferred option due to its daily schedule and more convenient departure times. Additionally Kenya Airways operate a flat bed service in Business Class on the London to Nairobi route.

London - Nairobi - Zanzibar (as above)
London - Amsterdam - Nairobi - Zanzibar
Daily flights with two changes.

London - Nairobi - Zanzibar

High Season only (Summer months) with one change in Nairobi when you will join a Kenya Airways flight.


London - Johannesburg - Zanzibar

Daily flights, although routing Via Johannesburg can add considerable travel time from the UK. Stopovers are possible and are an excellent way to break up the journey. Please call us for more info.


Emirates ( London - Dubai - Dar Es Salaam )
Qatar Airlines (London - Doha - Dar Es Salaam)
Swiss Air (London - Zurich - Dar Es Salaam)

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Climate Care

ClimateCare is a service that reduces greenhouse gases on behalf of individuals and organisations, to compensate for their impact on the climate. It does this by ‘offsetting’ the greenhouse gases – such as CO2 - emitted from your activities by reducing an equivalent amount of CO2 on your behalf.

These reductions are made through a range of projects in sustainable energy technologies that not only fight climate change but can bring widespread benefits to communities around the world. You can offset emissions from flying, driving and household energy use.


A return flight to Zanzibar from London covers 9243 miles and will use 2.10 tonnes of CO2.

This can be offset via Climate Care for around £18 per passenger.

Either follow the link below or ask us to include this option on your behalf.

To find out more visit:

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Flights - Domestic

If your air ticket takes you only to Dar es Salaam, local air carriers such as Coastal Travel, ZanAir, Precision Air, Tropical Air provide scheduled flights in small twin-engine to Zanzibar. This service takes approximately 15 - 20 mins.

Please note that on some domestic services luggage allowance may be limited to 15kg. Please contact us with any queries.

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Travel by Sea

Regular ferries operate between Dar - Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Pemba. The services between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar range from 75 minutes to 90 minutes and that of Pemba can take about 3 hours depending on weather. Timetables and prices are displayed on boards outside each office.

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