Aromatic island in the Indian Ocean
Zanzibar Island has stunning tropical beaches and a rich history.
A place in the Indian Ocean where Arabia and Africa meet. Zanzibar Island is characterized by quiet fishing villages and snow-white, heavenly beaches and the bustling Stone Town.
- Surface 1.660 km2
- Inhabitant 1.000.000
- Spring rain season April & May
- Fall rain seasonNovember
About Zanzibar Island
Considering its stunning beaches, Zanzibar Island can be combined perfectly with a safari in Tanzani. There are great places to enjoy the beach, swimming, snorkeling and diving.
The Zanzibar archipelago is known as one of the top 10 most beautiful diving locations in the world.
Culture and products on Zanzibar
Did you know that what everyone calls Zanzibar Island is officially called Unguja? Zanzibar itself is an archipelago consisting of two main islands: Unguja and Pemba and many small islands.
Zanzibar Island is a gem in the Indian ocean and has a rich Swahili culture.
The history of Zanzibar Island has been influenced by Persians, Arabs, Muslims, the Portuguese, and residents of mainland Africa.
The historic city center of the capital of Zanzibar Island, Stone Town, is a city district with winding avenues, round towers, doors with carvings, terraces and beautiful mosques. Architectural highlights are the Livingstone House, the Guliani Bridge and the House of Wonders: a palace built in 1883 under Sultan Barghash.
Zanzibar Island’s main sources of income spices (including cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper) and tourism. Zanzibar Island also exports seaweed and raffia.
The capital of Unguja is Stone Town. A historic and bustling town with a lot of historical significance. An atmospheric town to spend one or more days before you head to the beach.
The island is 100 km long and 32 km wide. Each place is easily accessible, Stone Town is therefore perfect for a day trip.
Zanzibar offers many beautiful diving sites of all levels. There are a number of famous sites like Mnemba Atoll. This is also called the tropical fish capital of East Africa. Mnemba Atoll has a constant visibility of about 30 meters and you often see dolphins here.
There are also many dive sites on the northern tip of Zanzibar Island, generally for the more experienced divers. You dive on the open sea and there is more current here. Here live the big sport fish, tuna, barracuda and a variety of moray eels.
The less well-known south of Zanzibar Island also has beautiful diving sites.
Zanzibar Island is characterized by quiet fishing villages and snow-white, heavenly beaches. Ideal for a beach vacation.
The north coast has many properties; from small guesthouses to larger resorts, a lively part of Zanzibar Island.
The northeast coast is quiet and offers many opportunities for snorkeling and diving.
The southeast coast has snow-white and wide sandy beaches, but is the perfect place for active holiday maker.
The south of Zanzibar Island has a number of beautiful accommodations and quiet beaches, beautiful islands and beautiful diving and snorkeling locations.
Climate & season
Zanzibar Island has a tropical climate and is a beautiful destination all year round.
April and May:
In April and May there is more chance of rain. That means mainly a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. The temperatures are pleasant.
June to October:
This is the “cool” period on Zanzibar Island . The temperature is pleasant. The temperature varies from 25 to 35 degrees.
November to December:
Precipitation varies and the temperature slightly rises.
December to February:
This is the hottest period of the year.
1. The island of Unguja (= Zanzibar Island) is 100 km long and 32 km wide. Every place is easy to reach, Stone Town is therefore also great as a day trip.
2. In the period that Zanzibar Island fell under the reign of the Sultan of Oman (from the 17th to the 19th centuries), it was a center for the Eastern slave trade.
3. Shortly after the island of Unguja and Pemba became independent as Zanzibar at the end of 1963, it was merged with Tanganyika to form Tanzania, of which it has been a part from 1964. The word Tanzania is a contraction of both names.
4. The United Republic of Tanzania initially pursued a communist-oriented foreign policy, but has since developed in a more democratic direction since the 1980s.
5. Freddie Mercury was born on September 5, 1946 in Stown Town on Zanzibar Island. He was the singer and ‘frontman’ of the Queen group and was known for his extravagant stage personality, explosive performances and voice range of four octaves. He died in London on November 24, 1991.
6. Zanzibar Island is the only region where the Zanzibar frill monkey, also called red frill monkey, (Procolobus kirkii) occurs.
Do you want action or enjoy the sounds of the sea from your hammock?
Or discover atmospheric and authentic places?
It’s your call, it’s all there …
Animals in the area
Zanzibar Island has a wonderful habitat rich in impressive land animals and vibrant marine life.
Common animals include various species of monkeys, birds, dolphins and tropical fish.
Dieren overzicht Zanzibar Island
- Diverse bird species
- Monkey species
- Red Colobus monkey
- Syke’s monkey
- Tropical fish
Stays on Zanzibar Island
Find out the vibrancy of the north, the quiet northeast
or rather the historic Stone Town?
The southeast coast also has snow-white and wide sandy beaches and is the place for the active holidaymaker.