Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, and is made up of several small islands, forming an archipelago. The islands lie between 25km and 50km off the coast of mainland Africa, and have become a popular tourist destination in recent decades. With African, Arab and Portuguese influences, Zanzibar is alive with a vibrant culture and diverse people.
The largest and main island of Zanzibar is Unguja, which is unofficially known as Zanzibar amongst locals, the other smaller islands are known by their names. This island is six degrees below the equator and is approximately 108km long and 32km wide.
Tourists are drawn to the beautiful, pristine beaches of Zanzibar and for the incredible diving opportunities that the fringing coral reefs offer off the coast. The historical and unique architecture of Stone Town is another enticing attraction of Zanzibar holidays, as guests have the opportunity to explore the ancient buildings and evidence of a thriving historical world. Stone Town is claimed by many to be the only historical functioning town in East Africa, fusing tradition and modernity gently together.
Zanzibar holidays take guests to a true paradise; here, you’ll be able to lounge on deck chairs in the sun for hours before going snorkelling, diving or swimming with the dolphins. As the temperatures are hot in the summers and mild in the winter; however throughout the year gentle sea breezes cool down the islands. The long rainy season is between April and May, however during the rest of the year, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise.
Nomad Tours will take you to this exotic paradise en route to exploring Tanzania and during their East Africa tour. Here, you’ll be enchanted by beautiful weather, scenery, and a mysterious land of history and beauty. While embarking on a Nomad Tours adventure, you’ll learn more about the local’s traditions and the roots of their Swahili customs and language. You’ll also be able to see the exquisite wildlife, exotic and authentically African, and will have the time of your life relaxing on an endless, white beach and discover one of Africa’s most enchanting islands.
Islam is Zanzibar’s dominant religion and appropriate clothing should be worn in Stone Town. Beachwear should only be worn on the beach and women are advised to wear a t-shirt and knee-length shorts or a skirt in the town. It is not appropriate to show the arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should remain covered and revealing necklines are not acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive and a t-shirt and pair of shorts are fine. On the beach or in the resort there are no dress restrictions other than the normal ones in pool/public areas.
If you are visiting Zanzibar in the month of fasting (Ramadan) please speak to your local guide about the customs during this time. Normally eating during the sunlight hours is not allowed and some locals will make sure that you are aware of this (sometimes very loudly if you are seen). Most shops and restaurants are closed during this period, but it is acceptable (as a foreigner) to eat at the hotel or resort. The guide will tell you what is appropriate and when.