The island of Zanzibar is the biggest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago and is found off the East coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is part of Tanzania although it is semi-autonomous with its own local government.
The history of Tanzania is a colourful one with various occupations throughout the decades. Zanzibar has a strong Arab influence as a result of the slave trade, and to this day the population is mainly conservative Sunni Muslim. The Arab influence can be seen not only in the culture of the people but in the architecture and design of the towns.
Zanzibar achieved independence from British rule in 1963. The economy on Zanzibar is reliant on spices, raffia and Tourism with Zanzibar often been referred to as The Spice Island.
The major draw cards to Zanzibar are its rich cultural history, its Capital Stone Town with its winding passageways and fascinating design, and the white sand beaches on the East side of the Island which are some of the finest beaches in the world. Day tours to the old slave market and the spice plantations are offered and are a must do for any visit to Zanzibar. Beach activities include diving with dolphins, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing dhow trips.
Zanzibar has great weather for most of the year. The summer heat is cooled by sea breezes especially on the North and East coasts. The Island is warm all year round with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily.
November does get rain occasionally but this is usually short in duration. April and May tend to get heavier showers but this is not a daily occurrence.
Zanzibar is a fascinating island to visit, a perfect fusion of Arab and African influence. Zanzibar is a perfect add on to any Tanzanian Safari or as a short stop over by itself.
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Explore the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa's top game parks, and visit Arusha, Karatu and Bagamoyo in Tanzania. Then relax on idyllic Zanzibar Island beaches and discover Stone Town in Zanzibar, ending in Dar es Salaam.
Trip Style Zanzibar Islands Overland Safaris