Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Embark on an exotic spice island adventure to Zanzibar! Safari holidays in Tanzania would not be complete without visiting this place. A paradise for families, couples, and honeymooners! The island of Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean near Tanzania. Zanzibar is the biggest island in the Archipelago, and is very popular with tourists. In recent years, Mafia Island, Pemba Island and Mnemba Island have become part of the adventurous traveler’s itinerary, but remains relatively unknown.

There are dozens of alleyways in Stonetown, there are many different colors, there are cultural interactions, cobblestone streets, beautiful historical buildings, it is an explorer’s paradise. The island is accessed through Stonetown. Many of the tours and activities on Zanzibar depart from here and it is also the location of the airport.

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Although Zanzibar lacks large wild animals, there are still plenty of things to see. In addition to coastal forests, mangroves, and coral reefs, Zanzibar is filled with a variety of land and marine habitats. It is reported that more than 700 fish species, 53 mammal species and 200 bird species live here. Zanzibar’s marine life is its main attraction, including nesting green turtles and bottlenose dolphins. Divers and snorkelers can observe a variety of fish in the reef including anthias, powder blue tang, lionfish, and bannerfish. In recent years, community-led conservation initiatives have supported sustainable fishing and responsible tourism on the Memba Atoll and Chumbe Island.

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African Safari Wildlife

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African Safari Climate

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The climate in Zanzibar is tropical monsoon (Am). Strong sea breezes associated with the northeast monsoon (Kakazi in Kiswahili) can often cool summer’s heat (corresponding to winter in the Northern Hemisphere), especially on the north and east coasts. As the islands are near the equator, they are warm all year round. March, April, and May are the peak rainfall months during the southwest monsoon (known locally as Kusi in Kiswahili), and November and December are the secondary maximum.[83] The months in between see less rainfall, with a minimum in July.

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The unique swamp forest of Jozani Forest Reserve is an excellent place to observe rare endemic mammals and birds. In addition to the red colonial monkeys, you may also see elephant shrews and tree hyraxes.

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African Safari Birding

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Local People

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Zanzibar is mainly populated by Africans and people of a mixed African-Persian ancestry – Shirazi and Arabs – with just under 1.3 million people. As Zanzibar gained independence, less than 20% of its population were Arab. However, they dominated both the economy and politics of the island. Arabs left in large numbers in 1964. Zanzibaris are nearly all Muslims.

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African Safari Attractions & Activities

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REEF WALK
Rock pools are perfect places to explore when the tide is out and the waves retreat beyond the reefs. Coral is one of the important components of the marine ecosystem, and your expert guide will explain its importance. Seaweed is also harvested by local seaweed farmers and sold all over the world.
SEA TURTLES AT MNARANI AQUARIUM
Nungwi’s Mnarani Aquarium is a unique sanctuary for green sea turtles and is located in Zanzibar at the northern tip of the island. You’ll never forget your experience swimming alongside these sea creatures in the sheltered lagoon at the sanctuary. You can also learn more about the programme of monitoring turtle nests and the rehabilitation of weak and injured hatchlings brought here from other parts of the island. Participation in these community projects raises awareness of this worthwhile cause and gives guests a chance to get involved.
MUYUNI BOAT AND SNORKELING TRIP
Get into the adventurous spirit as you sail to the secluded beaches of Muyuni by traditional dhow. Dive into the warm Indian Ocean from the boat and snorkel in clear blue waters. Enjoy the cool breeze, warm sun and pristine white sand before tucking into a tasty picnic.
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Stand-up paddleboarding in warm water is a challenge that you can enjoy. Taking help from an expert will give you the edge you need.
MATEMWE VILLAGE TRIP
A local guide will take you to a village on Zanzibar and give you a sense of Swahili culture. Come to a local school to play with local children (like a game of soccer). Experience the routine of seasoned fishermen as they head out into the waters in their wood-framed boats and return with a bounty for the fish market.
KAYAKING
Kayak rental is a good option for those who are not familiar with aquatic sports. Take a leisurely paddle around Zanzibar’s coastline to explore new wonders, or paddle hard and fast to discover new delights. With a loved one, watch the waves rustle gently as you bob gently.
SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING
A hidden world lies beneath the waves, no matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced diver. You can learn the basics of diving at One Ocean Dive Centre or improve your skills by working with our highly skilled instructors. Zanzibar is surrounded by coral reefs and clear waters full of marine life. There is even the possibility of swimming with playful dolphins. A snorkeling excursion is a great way to get a glimpse beneath the water without the complications of scuba diving.
DEEP-SEA FISHING
The Swahili coast offers excellent deep-sea fishing conditions due to the tidal action and ideal temperatures. Several types of billfish inhabit the Zanzibar-Pemba channel, which makes it a great place for extreme fishing. You can also catch trophies like yellowfin tunas, dogtooth tunas, wahoos, king mackerels, barracudas, giant trevally, and marlins.
WATER SPORTS
Water sports are available in Zanzibar for visitors to experience. Parasailing and kitesurfing are available at Nungwi and Kendwa beaches. Kitesurfing in shallow waters and kitesurfing are available at Nungwi and Kendwa beaches. Those looking for a bit of adrenaline can hire a jet ski and cruise through the lagoons. Aside from water-skiing, wake-boarding, knee-boarding, banana boats, and tubing, other adrenaline-pumping activities are available. All the necessary equipment can be rented for many sports, which offer both group lessons and private lessons.
JOZANI FOREST TOUR
Jozani Forest is one of the island’s two national parks and the largest wooded area, situated just 35 km from Stone Town. Several years ago, it was reported that leopards could be found walking beneath canopies of trees. Today, Jozani is filled with the striking red colobus monkey as well as blue Sykes’ monkeys.
SWAHILI COOKING
You can discover first-hand what makes Zanzibari cuisine unique by taking a cooking class. Prepare dishes using fresh seafood and produce from the region, and watch the chef combine spices to create a delicious meal influenced by African, Indian, and Middle Eastern flavors. After your work is done, enjoy the results. You’re going to love this meal.

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Examples of Itineraries

Please take a look at our sample African Safari below for inspiration. Every Safari you take can be tailored to meet your individual needs. You can choose any number of days. You can choose any departure date. Feel free to choose any experience.

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Pemba Island Beach Holidays

For several decades, Pemba Island Beach Holidays have taken travelers between Zanzibar and Tanzania…
4 Days

$4000/person

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Great White Shark Diving Tour

Great White Shark Diving Tour is a good place to go if you want to swim with whale sharks…
6 Days

$2000/person

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Safari Tanzania & Rwanda

The safari Tanzania Rwanda tour will allow you to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda, visit Kigali’s genocide …
9 Days

$6400/person

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Updates for Tanzania in 2021
You will be accepted if your Covid-19 PCR test is negative 72 hours before arrival, and you must complete and submit a Travelers Surveillance Form 24 hours prior to your arrival. At the airport, travelers will fill out a health form and will be screened for Covid-19 with a possible rapid test for $25 USD.
Safari in Tanzania - how many days is enough?
A Tanzania safari should last at least a week. It can take time to travel around wilderness areas that are larger than New Jersey. The wilderness offers a variety and abundance that can’t be found anywhere else. Tanzania can be explored in ten days if you follow the travel itinerary carefully.
Do I have a chance of seeing my favorite animal?
Although wildlife encounters are never guaranteed, Tanzania is famous for the amazing wildlife sightings it offers. The great wildebeest migration takes place in Tanzania every year, with almost two million animals marching around the Serengeti. As is the case with most Tanzanian parks, the Serengeti is full of big cats. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs are in abundance, unlike anywhere else. You may see live hunting scenes because predators have so much prey available to them.
How Does a Day on Safari Look Like?
The daily experience varies depending on the park. During a game drive in the Serengeti or Ruaha, you’ll explore the park for the entire day with a packed lunch. Smaller parks have an itinerary similar to other safari regions, with different morning and afternoon activities. After lunch and rest at the camp, following are three activities in the afternoon: swimming, walking, and birdwatching.
Can I travel to Tanzania safely?
The country of Tanzania is one of the safest in Africa. The country has a stable government and no military involvement. As there is poverty and petty theft in towns and cities, you will need to take precautions regularly. A guide will always accompany you, and you will rarely be in an urban setting for an extended period of time. Especially in remote areas such as safari camps and lodges, small theft is virtually unheard of. There are no fences separating people from wildlife, so it is essential to follow the regulations imposed by guides and staff. There are usually restrictions regarding walking off camp and getting out of a safari vehicle unless instructed otherwise.
Travel Insurance
Now that you’ve booked your dream vacation, make sure you’re protected with travel insurance. Your vacation can be ruined by a variety of factors. Travel insurance coverage protects you against unforeseen disasters such as medical emergencies, inclement weather, and cancellations.
Tanzania Health Information

You are required to produce a certificate proving you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Further, all necessary vaccinations must be documented by your health practitioner on an official vaccination record. This document must be carried throughout the tour. A malaria prophylactic drug should be taken by every visitor. Additionally, you should bring mosquito repellent. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for information on current requirements, inoculations, and personal recommendations!
Normally, you need the following vaccinations (but you should always consult your doctor):
-Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
-DTP
-Hepatitis
-For Malaria you need to take tablets, Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).
-Because hygiene is not as high as in your home country, we recommend bringing disinfectant cream with you. Instead of drinking tap water, always drink bottled water.

Upon arrival
Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive. In safari, we use specially made safari vehicles, allowing us to see the wildlife better. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) have limited luggage space. As a result, it is recommended to travel with light bags since bulky bags will overload and may be difficult to transport.
Tanzania Visa
If you need a visa, you can purchase one through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country in advance. Alternatively, visas can be obtained at the Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. A single entry visa costs USD 50 per person. You are responsible for arranging your visa(s) correctly and on time. If anything is unclear, we will be happy to assist. Please note that this information is subject to change! Whenever in doubt, you should contact the Tanzanian embassy in your country.
Financial information
ATMs can be found in most large cities. Outside cities, it is extremely difficult to pay with a credit card or travelers’ checks because they are not widely accepted. The US dollar is traditionally the preferred hard currency. For your daily expenses and tips, we advise you to bring dollar bills. You should not use dollar bills older than 10 years.
Tanzania Currency Information
The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency. It is a good idea to check exchange rates before leaving for your destination. It is important to note that bigger cities will offer a better exchange rate.
AMREF Flying Doctors
Consider becoming a member of Flying Doctors. As a member, you have access to an air ambulance and medical care if needed. AMREF Flying Doctors offers two types of coverage (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia). Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.
Language in Tanzania
Kiswahili is the national language of Tanzania, but English is widely spoken and is the main language used by tourists.
Tanzania Climate
Tanzania is a tropical country with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the south). In general, the Northern part is higher altitude (with the exception of Lake Natron and Tarangire). There is generally cooler air around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Arusha.
When to visit Tanzania ?
Tanzania can be visited any time of year, though some places may be more difficult to visit during the rainy season. With the average day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade, the climate is tropical. The coast is hot and humid. In the central plateau, hot days are followed by cool nights. Around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate is temperate and cooler (especially) between June and September. It rains between March and May as well as between November and half-December. A rainy season means that it rains more frequently, but not every day and not all the time.
What to wear Tanzania ?
Temperatures are generally warm to hot during the day, so bring light clothing. The evenings can be chilly at higher altitudes, so carry a light sweater as well. Mountain hikers will be exposed to cold temperatures and should pack accordingly. Make sure you bring a hat, sunglasses, and a waterproof jacket. Black and dark blue clothes (because they attract tsetse flies) should be avoided during safaris. If you are planning to walk in the forest, please wear a sturdy walking shoe, and if you intend to visit a community or local people, please wear appropriate clothing. An example would be a woman wearing a long skirt and a top that covers her shoulders.
What to bring ?
It is mandatory to travel with a valid passport (valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and to check the visa requirements for all countries you are planning on visiting before you depart. When visiting game reserves and national parks, we recommend carrying binoculars and field guides. For wildlife photography, a zoom lens is necessary (70-300 or more). Ensure you have enough memory cards on hand. The city can provide you with toiletries and other necessities, and a torch (flashlight) can prove to be very useful.
Electricity in Tanzania
You should bring an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. Tanzania uses the British system. Most lodges allow you to charge your batteries.
Driving in Tanzania
Tanzanians drive on the left-hand side of the road. Traveling with a knowledgeable 4×4 driver/guide is advised for people with no prior experience of African roads, rather than self driving. All our guides are trained in “Defensive Driving”.
Stopover Points
It is important to keep in mind that washrooms along the road may not meet European standards, for example, squatting toilets, no flushing toilets, or no toilet paper. T.I.A. This Is Africa, as the locals say.
Facilities and accommodations

When traveling on a medium to low budget, bathroom facilities and accommodations may be more basic. It is important to note that the water reserves in eco lodges are limited and most rooms do not have power sockets; however, you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping
The tip will always be appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, it is customary to tip 5-10%. The tips of guides, drivers, and carriers are always appreciated. Based on group size, number of days, and your satisfaction, carriers may charge USD 1-3 per day, and drivers/guides may charge USD 5-15 per day.
Further information about Tanzania
The most comprehensive guidebooks for Tanzania are Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide. The best guidebooks for wildlife are the Lonely Planet’s ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ and the Bradt’s ‘East African Wildlife’. The best birding guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most recent version.

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