Zanzibar - an archipelago in the Indian Ocean with the largest island of Unguja, which many are called Zanzibar. Unguja is located 35 km. From Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Strait separated from the African continent. The second largest is the island of Pemba.

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Zanzibar since 1964 is a part of Tanzania. The Government of Tanganyika and Zanzibar have signed an agreement on the establishment of a single state - Tanzania (the name is composed of the first three letters of the word "Tanganyika" and "Zanzibar"). At the same time, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous territory since 2005 has its own flag, parliament, has its own president. Zanzibar is a good place for a beach holiday, diving, as there are several natural, cultural and historical attractions. One of the islands of the archipelago, the private island of Mnemba, celebrities choose for your holiday, such as Bill Gates and Naomi Campbell.

How to get to Zanzibar

Direct flights from Russia and the former Soviet Union to Zanzibar no. The most common flight case with two changes. To buy the best tickets for the cost and time of flight tickets should use the search systems, which include the largest number of airlines.

Visa

US citizens upon arrival in Tanzania visa is issued at the border. To obtain a visa at the border need to provide the following documents.

• passport, the validity of which is not less than six months from the date of entry;
• filled in English migration card (cards are issued at border crossings);
• the completed questionnaire in English about the state of health (questionnaires issued at border crossings);
• return tickets or tickets to a third country;
• proof of sufficient funds for travel at the rate of 5000 TZS (~ $ 3,0) per person per night.

In practice, border guards are rarely asked about the availability of funds and the return tickets.

Tourist visas cost from $ 50

Important
Tanzania is included in the composition of the countries of the East African Union (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). In practice, this translates into the fact that if you visit any of these countries, and decided to return to Kenya, then again to pay the tax is not necessary.

Money Tanzania

National currency Tanzania - Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh). One shilling = 100 cents. You can exchange money at the airport, banks, exchange offices and hotels. Many hotels and shops accept major credit cards. Cash withdrawals from the card is very problematic.

The climate in Zanzibar

Ride Zanzibar all year round, but the best time to visit is the period from June to October, when it is not so hot, and little rain. For those who like it hot, you can advise the period from December to April. From October to November and April to May rainy season in Zanzibar.

Attractions and things to do in Zanzibar

Diving and snorkelling
Zanzibar is a good place for diving and snorkeling. Visibility here ranges from 10 to 30 meters. The island and the surrounding islands are surrounded by coral reefs and underwater world rich in marine life, and in March you can see whale sharks.
The best place to dive many call Boribi Reef. Here beautiful underwater mountains and a variety of corals, as well as you can see the big lobster and white sharks. The maximum depth of 30 meters. Between the islands Pang and Bawe has a sunken ship in 1897. "Great Nozerner".
Beach holidays
The beaches in Zanzibar and pure white sand and the water is a beautiful turquoise color. At the same time, some parts of the island are subject to greater ebb and sometimes you have to go no small distance, that would get to the big water. For a comfortable swimming at any time, I recommend that the northern part of the island.
Turtle Island
"Turtle Island," is famous for its giant tortoises instances, which is not seen even in the best zoos in the world.
Spice tours
Once Zanzibar spices supplied half the world. Today the island tours are organized by the junction during which you can see how to grow spices and many exotic plants and fruits. Some can be tasted.
Forest Hosanna
Near the town of Zanzibar, it is a forest Hosanna which is rich in rare plants.
Historical and cultural landmarks

Almost all the cultural and historical attractions of the island are concentrated in the capital of Zanzibar. Zanzibar since the 5th century became a transit point for the Indian, Persian and Arab traders. Since then, the city has retained the architectural styles of Africa, Asia, the Arab East and Europe. The streets of the city, like a maze dotted with shops and bazaars.
But the main attraction of the city is Stone Town.There are two cathedrals, two palaces of the sultans (one of them - the Palace of Wonders) National Museum, mosques, colonial mansions and ruins of palaces and a number of cultural and historical attractions. Specific interest is heavy carved doors with spikes that appeared to Zanzibar from India. Spikes were used to protect against attacks by elephants. At home no one is attacking, and the doors were left.
Home Freddie Mercury
In Zanzibar, was born September 5, 1946 Freddie Mercury in the city is its home.
Entertainment and nightlife
Zanzibar is not the best place in terms of parties and nightlife. I and a friend were on the north coast at the hotel Kendwa Rocks, where once a week a disco Full Moon Party, and it was the rave spot in the neighborhood.

Transport

In Zanzibar, shuttle shuttle buses. You can also use the taxi services, negotiating the advance amount. Upon arrival at the building of the airport taxi drivers offering their shuttle service to the hotel after bidders may slow down the price by 10-20%. About 300 meters from the airport bus stop up the road it is possible to know at the tourist office which is located at the exit of the airport. At the bus stop, you can also catch a taxi, the price is likely to be less than the airport.

Accommodation Hotels

Hotels in Zanzibar represented in different price categories and at various levels. This is mainly hotels of medium and high level. In January 2013, the most affordable option when placed in a modest bungalow on the first line, I was able to find $ 50 for two. It could at the guesthouse with a price two times lower, but to the beach would have to walk for about 15-20 minutes, and in 35 degree heat is not an option. To find hotels in Zanzibar is better to use search systems, which include the largest number of tourist sites dealing with booking hotels.

Security

In Zanzibar should observe standard precautions.

I, along with my friend Michael was in Zanzibar in January 2013. We flew from Rwanda and were on the island for four days, and then flew to Mombasa. For three days we had a beach holiday and the day of the city of Zanzibar Stone Town. Photo trip to Zanzibar can be found on this page.

Zanzibar travel photos

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We fly over one of the islands of the archipelago of Zanzibar.

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We go to the decline.

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The view from our bungalow.

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In Zanzibar, the fine white sand and real.

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View from the beach to the hotel.

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The road to our bungalow

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And here's a modest bungalow cost $ 50 per night for two.

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Bar on the beach.

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The bar serves a large selection of alcohol from beer and cocktails to whiskey and rum.

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Outside of the hotel to buy alcohol can be problematic. About 90% of the population are Muslims.



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With local boys. One of the advantages of Zanzibar hotels that carried out on the beach is a line through which the locals do not go. And you sunbathing're sure you will not pester traders souvenirs.

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Local women, even in the heat of 35 degrees wrapped in clothing from head to toe.

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Local beauty salon, apparently not popular in the Islamic region.

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Water in Zanzibar has a very beautiful color.

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Kendwa Beach in Zanzibar.

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Exotic fruits

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Infernal Machine for the production of cane juice.

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Local food - seafood, breadfruit, and red do not remember that.

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Fish market in Stone Town.

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The streets of Stone Town

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Carved doors with spikes to protect against elephants.

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The fashion for these doors came from India. Elephants on Zanzibar there, and the door remained.

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And it's super spikes.

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A small area, a favorite meeting place for local men.

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Jaws shark - an exotic souvenir, regret that did not buy.

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National Museum of Zanzibar.

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Stone Town

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House-Museum of Freddie Mercury.

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Embankment in Stone Town a favorite place among locals. Some even come here to train.

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One of the pride of Tanzania, is the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro, here even the beer is there.

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In Stone Town has a good restaurant with a balcony offering great views of the ocean. Many tourists, but also local and come here to admire the sunset.

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Sunset in Zanzibar

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The Farewell photo

 
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