Zanzibar - The Spice Island paradise
Zanzibar is an Archipelago consisting of over 47 islands situated off the east coast of Tanzania, Africa. Unguja - colloquially called Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia are the main islands and attract visitors from all over the world.
Zanzibar (Unguja) island is approx 64km (40m) or a mere 20 minute flight from the mainland/Dar es Salaam. Zanzibar’s capital is Zanzibar City within which is found Stone Town, on the south western shores and home to Zanzibar International Airport, 10-15 mins drive from town. Zanzibar is semi-independant from Tanzania with its own elected government.
With thousands of years of history, wars, slavery and trade, Zanzibar is a melting pot of cultures, insights, journeys into the past.
The island is paradise with its stunning mix of sun, sea, sand and spices. Zanzibar is known as the ‘spice island’ as the fresh spices are grown on the island and traded - as they have been for centuries. Located on the Indian ocean, Zanzibar features a tropical climate, with even temperatures year round. It rains across all the months with a ‘wet season’ from March to May. Zanzibar has various ethnic groups within the island. Swahili and English are the languages spoken here. The island consists of many high class International hotels and other beautiful boutique hotels located on and close to the beaches.
Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination. Soaking up the sun, Exploring the jungles, the old and highly active streets of Stone Town, scuba diving, snorkeling, dolphin tour, spice tours, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports are the most popular activities here.
Zanzibar International airport (IACO HTZA; IATA ZNZ), named after the first president of the island, Abeid Amani Karume, 5 km from Zanzibar City / Stone Town. It is one of the 3 international airports of Tanzania. (Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro being the other 2) The airport itself has the basic facilities to ensure comfortable departures and arrivals procedures for visitors. For longer waits, outside the terminal buildings are a number of cafes and restaurants with good wifi.
Both local, regional and international flights are serviced from the airport, with domestic departures and arrivals using a separate passenger entrance, exit and wait area.
Flightlink operates many scheduled flights to/from Zanzibar island daily. Charter flights are also available on request from these locations.