Zanzibar Holidays & Travel Facts

Lying in the warm Indian Ocean just 40 km off the coast of Tanzania is the ‘Spice Island' of Zanzibar. Characterised by long white sandy beaches and turquoise waters it is the perfect place for relaxing, scuba diving and snorkelling, particularly at the end of a safari.

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Overview for Zanzibar

Zanzibar is semi-autonomous archipelago paradise off the coast of Tanzania, consisting of Zanzibar Island (Unguja), Pemba Island, and many smaller islands. In 1896, Zanzibar was the location of the world's shortest war — they surrendered to the British Army after 38 minutes.

Zanzibar Island - a.k.a., The Spice Island - is approximately 90km long and 30km wide and an important stop in the Spice Trade centuries ago. Today, it is one of the few places in the world where saffron is produced, and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices (cardamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) are grown here. For $10-$15 you can go on a spice tour, which winds you around the island, showing you how anise (licorice) grows; letting you sample some of the exotic fruit grown on the island; and allowing you to tour the beautiful plantations.

Best Time to Visit

Zanzibar is a island paradise 12 months of the year.  However, give its predominantly Muslim, during Ramadan -- the month of fasting -- travelers should avoid eating and drinking during the daytime.