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    Zanzibar

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    Officially part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is not just one island, but an archipelago made up of many small islands and two larger ones. The island that is typically referred to as Zanzibar, is called Unguja. Being the centre of the spice and slave route for centuries, the island is a true exotic infusion of cultures. The most prominent are Indian, Arabic, and Portuguese influences, mixed with African and resulting in cuisine and well-preserved architecture that is truly incredible. Stone Town, the informal name for the capital city, is where you will see this most evidently. It is also home to Zanzibar’s main airport, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

    Aside from its incredibly rich history and beaches rated as some of the best in the world, a lesser-known interesting fact is that the singer of Queen, the late Freddie Mercury—Farrokh Bulsara—was born on the island. While most accommodation and things to do are located on the main island of Unguja, those seeking a quiet escape with almost untouched reefs and areas will find plenty of options on Pemba and Mafia islands, also found in the archipelago.

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    Zanzibar Safari Ideas

    Zanzibar Travel

    Plan an Ocean Safari

    Explore the island with an ocean safari experience.
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    Go Primate Trekking

    Admire the wonderful primate species of the island.
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    Explore by Horseback

    Traverse the sandy shores on a horseback safari.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Zanzibar has a tropical climate and is a great destination all year round. The most popular time to visit, however, is during the dry season between June and February.

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    Zanzibar offers an amazing array of accommodation options for every discerning traveller. From ancient forts and traditional houses to luxury hotels, private beach resorts, and rustic hostels, there is something to suit every budget.

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    Visitors to Zanzibar require a valid passport and a visa to enter. Visas can be obtained on arrival or from a local consulate in the country of origin.

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    It is always important to take into consideration the possible health risks when travelling to Africa. There are various tropical diseases in many African countries, so vaccinations for the most common risks are recommended. However, travellers should always check with their local Travel Clinic. Vaccinations for the following are usually recommended: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, and measles, Yellow fever is not required.

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    Tap water is considered unsafe to drink, so travellers should either boil/purify the water before drinking or stick to bottled water, which is readily available.

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    Zanzibar is an amazing destination for safari holidays with the whole family. The island is safe and fun, with a whole host of recreation for any traveller, children included.

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    Depending on the type of safari you opt for you, will depend on the level of fitness you’ll need. Walking safaris require a certain level of fitness, while guided game drives are perfect for any discerning traveller.

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    Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving in Zanzibar. Most travellers include emergency air evacuation if they are travelling to remote areas of the country.

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    Driving in Zanzibar requires a permit issued by local authorities, as well as a national or international driving permit. The local permit can be arranged in advance by a Car Rental agency on the island. Cars drive on the left side of the road.

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    Zanzibar is a strict Muslim country, so when entering villages or the town, travels must wear loose-fitting clothing—below the knee, covered shoulders and if they can, cover elbows. Men should not wear shorts in the villages.

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