Zanzibar is the gem of the Indian Ocean, often dubbed “Spice Island” for its extensive production of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. And it was the spice trade that probably had the greatest influence on the long and rich history of the island. Zanzibar is an Arabic word, translated as the “coast of the Blacks”. The island offers anything you’d like to experience during a luxury seaside holiday. Stone Town, the old part of the country’s capital, Zanzibar City, is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and impressive buildings. No wonder that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The people of Zanzibar are of diverse ethnic origins, thanks to their colourful history. The dominant religion is Islam, but there are Christian as well as Hindu minorities. The population is growing every year, with more than 980,000 people living permanently on the islands. The exotic island boasts beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear sea. Diving and snorkelling are very popular in this area due to the rich marine life. An ideal place for a quiet holiday.
Weather and location
The tropical climate lasts throughout the year thanks to its location 6° south of the equator. The rainy season lasts from mid-March to the end of May. There is high humidity all year round, with temperatures around 28 °C. The high season is from June to October, followed by short rain spells in November and December. January can be windier.