Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of two main Islands, (Zanzibar and Pemba), and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 40 km from the Tanzanian coast, and 86 km south of the equator. Zanzibar Island is 96 km long and 36 km wide with an approximate area of 1464 square km. It offers white sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and is filled with historic places like Stone Town, the oldest functioning town in East Africa. The population on Zanzibar is estimated on around 950 000. Swahili is the local language but most of the people can also speak English. Zanzibar forms part of Tanzania, and you only need to get one visa to be able to travel through all the amazing Wild life parks and tropical Islands.
The islands offers ideal holiday weather for most of the year with the only exception being April and May, which form part of the long rainy season. In November short rains can also occur but are usually only brief showers. Due to Zanzibar being very close to the equator, it offers warm conditions all year round. Summer normally peaks around December, and winter around June. Zanzibar Island offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The white beaches and warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean makes it a perfect beach holiday destination. Some of Zanzibar Island’s best beaches are found on the North Coast and on the East Coast of the island. Stone Town is the oldest functioning Town in East Africa. With its small winding alleys, busy bazaars, mosques, Anglican Church, old Arab ford, Old Slave Market, Sultan’s Palace Museum and House of Wonders it should definitely not be missed when travelling to Zanzibar. The International airport is also situated about 10 minutes drive from Stone Town.