The Spice Island
While Zanzibar is famed for its silver-sanded shores and azure waters, this small island in the lush Indian Ocean has far more to offer.
The so-called Spice Island, located 40 kilometers off the eastern coast of Tanzania and just a few degrees south of the equator, sits at the cultural intersection of Africa and the Arab world.
The unique, beguiling charms of the island of Zanzibar, known locally as Unguja, are almost innumerable.
Take a stroll through Stone Town, Zanzibar’s old quarter, and get lost among centuries-old buildings in its narrow, maze-like alleyways where modern cafés vie for space with bygone Arab palaces.
Walk among antique hunters in one of the many nearby bazaars to see the famed ornately carved chests local artisans have to offer.
Languages: Swahili and English
Time Zone: East African Time (EAT), GMT+3
Currency: Tanzanian Shillings
Dry Seasons: June-September, November-March
Temperature: 21-33°C (70-91°F)