Zanzibar Travel Guide 2020/21

October 28, 2020
Top 10 Tanzania Travel Tips
October 28, 2020
Reasons to go on a Tanzanian Safari after covid-19
October 28, 2020

Zanzibar has quite a reputation for being a hub of spice vendors and big game hunters. However, over the years, this semi-autonomous archipelago has transformed into a tropical paradise - a destination apt for explorers and people looking for a luxurious getaway!

Being an archipelago, Zanzibar consists of an array of islands in the massive Indian Ocean. It is located in the East of Africa, just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania.

Ways to Get to Zanzibar

There are two ways to reach this exotic island;

  1. By Water – Your journey through the great Indian Ocean can truly a unique experience. It is recommended to those traveling from Tanzania, as the port is easily accessible. Advanced booking is recommended.
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Comfort: Standard/Business/VIP
  1. By Air - For people prone to seasickness, taking a flight is the best option. Fly hassle-free and enjoy looking at the gorgeous Kilimanjaro and deep blue ocean waters. Zanzibar airport has a ton of taxis that can take you to your hotel in no time.
  • Duration (if traveling from Tanzania): 35-50 minutes
  • Comfort: Standard/Business/VIP

Best Time to Visit Zanzibar 

Zanzibar has two tourist seasons, the cool dry season, that includes June to October, and the humid hot season, that includes January to early March. It’s best to go during the cool dry season if you want to avoid large crowds. However, if you’re a social butterfly then celebrating the new year in the sugary sands beach would be a great idea! 

Activities in Zanzibar

Here are some of the best places to visit in Zanzibar:

  • Stone Town - UNESCO World Heritage
  • Prison Island - Home of ginormous and old tortoises
  • Forodhani Gardens - Cheapest and best street food 
  • Darajani Market - Local market full of spices and amazing food
  • Village Tour - Get to know the Swahili traditions
  • Safari Blue - Zanzibar’s best boat trip 
  • Water Activities: Snorkeling, scuba diving, deep fish diving, surfing
  • Kiteboarding

Currency to Take to Zanzibar

Tanzanian Shillings is the best currency to carry when traveling to Zanzibar. Those traveling from Tanzania are recommended to get their currency exchanged. If not, you can carry USD (not older than 2013) or Euros in bigger denominations. 

Tip: Never travel cashless.  

Getting Around in Zanzibar

There are three options for you: Taxis, dala dalas (public transport), and walking; prices range from high to low respectively.   

Days In Zanzibar

People travel to Zanzibar for three things; history, leisure, and interaction. And for that 7-10 days are enough. If you’re an adventurous soul then even 20 days would be less to explore the pristine islands it possesses! 

Per Day Cost in Zanzibar

Zanzibar can fit anybody’s budget! Per day cost can be as low as $25 or as much as $70, depending on how lavish your vacation is.

Do’s and Don'ts in Zanzibar

  • Do carry malaria prevention medicine
  • Don’t rely on public transport
  • Do try the local cuisine
  • Don’t wear too revealing clothes, remember this neighborhood is Muslim
  • Do ask before clicking photos of the locals
  • Don’t use your left hand to eat or touch other people - it is a big no-no! 

Comments are closed.