Zanzibar is a round-year destination just of the coast of the mainland and consists of the main island (Zanzibar), another large island called Pemba and many small islands. The capital is Zanzibar City.
You can expect to see African, Arabic, European and Indian influences due to its past as a slave trade post.
Best time to visit Zanzibar
Beach season: June to February
Swimming with dolphins: January to February and June to October
Mwaka Kogwa Festival (Persian New Year): 30 – 31 July
Coconut crabs on Chumbe Island: June – March
Spice harvest: June to October
Diving & snorkelling: June – March
Humpback whale watching: July to November
Marine turtle nesting season: July to November
Baby giant tortoises on prison Island: March to April
Kitesurfing: January to February and June to August
What is the currency used in Zanzibar
Zanzibar’s currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), but US Dollars are preferred.
Packs light but decent clothes year round, but bring a light sweater at night. Being a predominantly Muslim society, scantily clad tourists in town and in the villages are an insult to the local population. At the individual hotels & resorts beach clothing is fully acceptable.