Zanzibar

Zanzibar, constituted of Zanzibar island, Pemba island and many other smaller islands is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar city, located on the island of Unguji is the capital city, with the World Heritage Site, Stone Town, as its historic centre. Although accustomed to western ways, Zanzibar is Muslim and one is cautioned to dress modestly and to exercise discretion when drinking alcohol.

Pemba island is separated from the main island of Unguja by a deep channel and flaunts restricted fauna and is home to the endemic Pemba Flying Fox.

Zanzibar has numerous endemic mammals such are the rare Zanzibar red colobus, the critically endangered Zanzibar leopard and the possibly extinct Zanzibar servaline genet.

Best times to visit:

The island’s proximity to the equator results in warm weather year round. The below suggested times are best to avoid the long March to May rains and November showers.

  • June to October:This is the tail-end of the long rainy season and the weather is at its best, with stunningly sunny weather and cool evenings to enjoy the ocean breeze.
  • December to March: This is the time when you would have missed the short rains that may stretch into January. This time of the year affords especially striking sunsets, perfectly clear nights to gaze at the starlit African skies and the opportunity to dip yourself in the India Ocean, day or night.
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