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The Islands can be described as the ancient Island at the same time known as the
(SPICE ISLAND) of the Indian Ocean. The clove trees which were introduced to the Island in 19th century, between 1820 – 1830 proved successful and in short period of time, the Island became an important commercial center internationally. Today there are still large clove trees which perfumes the Island evening breezes. In the Long run the Island has been renamed as Zanzibar from its original name which is SPICE ISLAND.

Zanzibar and its sister island, Pemba, lie in the Indian Ocean. Some 6o south of the Equator and just over 20 miles from the East African Coast. The Island has an area of 640 miles and around its coast the long white sandy beaches slope gently into clear blue water, contrasting well with the abundant greenery of the interior.

History of this Islands –The Cosmopolitan Zanzibarians are colorful blend of peoples of different races, Cultures and religions, though Islamic takes 95% majority, back to the history of Island came Sumerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese and many others. These came to the Islands in different motives such as missionaries, explorers and traders, from this shore the great African explorers as Burton, Stanley, Spike,
Vasco Da Gama, Grant and Dr. David Livingstone set out on their journeys of discovery.
The Island became the focus and notorious of the slave trade in the 18th century.
Even though it was also one time as a Centre for the move slavery abolished.

On the 6th June 1873 slavery was abolished after Sultan decree and the Slave market was closed The Slave Market was just an open space surrounded by many small houses.
After the abolishment of the slave trade, the Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ was built in the same sport. Bishop Edward Steer was the founder and supervising all the work.

By the middle 19th century, the Arabs influence was so strong that the Sultan of Oman moved his capital to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. In 1890 the Sultanate became a British Protectorate, and in 1964 Zanzibar gained its independence and this was after the blood revolution which was carried by majority of people of Zanzibar on 12th January 1964.

ARCHITECTURE: The different races that settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left their mark on both the people and the architecture. Castellated buildings with arches are Moorish in its origin.

The simple stucco work in the Kidichi Persian baths reminds one of the former Persian princes, and as one walks through the cool narrow streets of the old Stone town of Zanzibar can admire the Arabs brass-studded old carved doors of which some of them have inscription of the whole Quran on the Top.

International – Airport tax Included in the tickets
Domestic – Airport tax (Non-Residents) Included in the tickets
Domestic – Port Included in the tickets
Domestic – Port (Residents/ Non Residents) Included in the tickets


08H00 – 13H00 – SATURDAYS



CLIMATE: Hot/dry, and during periods humid.
December – March, the North-East monsoon – hot and comparatively dry.
April-May – heavy rains. (Masika)
June-October – cool and dry.
November-December – short interval rains.

CLOTHING: Dress codes are relaxed in Zanzibar – but, Zanzibar is a Muslim orientated Culture and Country looking like predominate Muslim state on its mode of dress. It is not a must to wear Muslim code of dress but ,it is highly recommended that while visiting Zanzibar it is better to have clothes that practical comfortable. But there is no law threatens any one to where short or tight and short sleeve. Zanzibarians are very friendly especial when you respect their culture.

So do not be confused with some unofficial news.

DRINKING WATER: Bottled Mineral Water is highly recommended.

ELECTRICITY: 230/240 VOLTS 50Htz. Sockets for 3Pin square are applicable.
It is advisable to bring your own adapter for video battery charger and appliances for 110-220V.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport. Visa can be obtained at cost at entry points, namely Zanzibar Airport and Sea Port.

RESTAURANT: Mercury – located at Forodhan garden facing Indian Ocean it serves Californian, Mediterranean and fresh opened daily.

PAGODA: The only Chinese Restaurant.

236 Hurumzi (EMERSONS): Located in one of the best site for viewing of the old stone town.
At the roof top restaurant clients have to seat on the mat reseed floor for dinner.
Monda recommend 236 Hurumzi for diner book 3 days before because it is always full booked.

HEALTH: Malaria is endemic in Africa and we stress the importance of taking prophylactics.
We suggest you consult your doctor for advice. Prophylactics should be taken before, during and after your visit as prescribed by your Doctor.


INSURANCE: Holiday Insurance is suggested to be taken to cover your luggage medical, theft and, holiday expenses.

LANGUAGE: Kiswahili being the International Language for East Africa but French, Arab and English is spoken widely in Zanzibar.

CURRENCY: Tanzania shillings as National Currency but also, all other major currencies, Cash, Visa/Master credit cards and authorized Traveler’s Cheques are also accepted.

SECURITY: Zanzibar is no different from other parts of Africa or the World. Excessive displays of Jewells or money will tempt undesirable elements. Do not leave valuables lying around, use the facilities provided by the hotels. Walking around in unfamiliar streets or places is not recommended.

TELECOMMUNIATIONS: Facilities for International Telephone and Facsimile are available, but the charges and handling fees can be exorbitant as much as 50% more than the normal rates for the International calls and fax.

DRIVING: Driving method is on the left. A valid International Driving License is necessary to undertake hired automobiles or motor-bikes.

A TOKEN OF ADVICE: Our local people are always helpful and your patience will contributed by having a wonderful holiday.

There is no large wild animals in Zanzibar and forest areas such as Jozani Forest are inhabited by the World rare species red colobus monkeys, bush-pigs and small antelopes. Civets - and rumour has it, the elusive Zanzibar leopard! Various species of mongoose can also be found on the island. There is a wide variety of birdlife, and a large number of butterflies in rural areas.
The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving.
People, Religion and Language
Zanzibar's local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colorful history. Islam is the dominant religion, and practiced by most Zanzibar’s, although there are also followers of Christianity and Hinduism. Population is estimated at 1 0,000,000 with the largest concentration being Zanzibar City which has approximately 500,000 inhabitants. Zanzibar’s speak Swahili (known locally as Kiswahili), a language which is spoken extensively in East Africa. Many believe that the purest form of Swahili is spoken in Zanzibar as it is the birth place of this language.

Culture and Festivals
Zanzibar's most famous event is the, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries.
Every July, this event showcases the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar's favorite music, Taarab.

Zanzibar is an island state within the United Republic of Tanzania, and has its own semi-autonomous government made up of a Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives. But remember Zanzibar is Country in the Country as it is still part of United Republic of Tanzania. The current President for Tanzania is Hon. Jakaya Kikwete and that of the Zanzibar Government is President, Amani Karume. The government Authorities responsible for tourism activities and promotion is the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism and Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority.
Fishing and agriculture are the main economic activities of the local people.
Zanzibar was once the world's largest producer of cloves, and her economy was based on large incomes thus derived. Although cloves are still a major export along with coconut products and spices, tourism has been ear-marked as the primary foreign exchange earner, with more visitors coming to Zanzibar each year. At this stage, the numbers are still low
(less than 120,000 annually).
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