Zanzibar guide

Zanzibar lies on the east coast of Africa and consists of Unguja Island (also called Zanzibar) and Pemba Island with several surrounding islets. The Capital of Unguja Island is Stone Town.

Zanzibar is a year-round destination. The coolest months are June to October, when the temperature averages 26 degrees. This can soar to well over 30 degrees in the hot season from December to March. During November (the short rains) and between April and June (the long rains), rainfall is higher. Rain in Zanzibar comes in short, sharp showers in the morning or afternoon, followed by sunshine.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous state within Tanzania. Therefore, visitors from most countries are required to have a Tanzanian visa to enter. Please check with the Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission in your country before departure. Visas are valid for three months and can be purchased upon arrival at the airport. The cost varies depending on nationality.

The unit of currency in Zanzibar is the Tanzanian Shilling. US Dollars are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and bars. ATMs are available in Stone Town and normally take VISA & MasterCard. Email & Internet as well as telecommunication has vastly improved in the last years and the connectivity is mostly excellent on the entire island.

Visitors to Zanzibar are required by law to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate when they enter the country. Malaria prophylaxis is not essential but recommended according to GP's advise. Sun stroke and heat exhaustion are common, so drink enough water and use high factor sun screen. Zanzibar is a safe country and most locals are friendly and honest, but avoid flaunting wealth by wearing expensive jewellery or waving camera equipment around.

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