Zanzibar Travel Guide

Planning an idyllic beach holiday in Zanzibar or want to add time on the island to your East Africa safari itinerary? Have a read of our handy travel guides before you set off with information on visas, vaccinations, internet access, currency and more. Plan your trip with the right weather conditions and get out and explore the island with our choice of the top attractions in Zanzibar.

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Best Places To Visit

It's not all about the beach in Zanzibar so check out these great local attractions

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Best time to Visit

Avoid the wet season for the perfect beach weather with our guide to the seasons


Top Travel Tips

Don't leave home without checking what vaccinations and currency you'll need


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Zanzibar and information on getting your visa

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Get to know Zanzibar

Recommended Reading

  • The Africa Bar
    by Nick Haes
  • Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar
    by Emily Reute
  • Zanzibar
    by Giles Foden
Did you know...?

Facts about Zanzibar

  • The shortest war in history took place in Zanzibar - it was between the UK and Zanzibar and lasted 38 minutes.
  • Freddie Mercury, late frontman for the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar and lived there until he was a teenager.
  • Zanzibar is home to the Coconut Crab, the largest crab on earth, which can weigh up to 4kg and measure 1 metre.

Zanzibar Travel Advice

We stay well informed of current travel guidance for Zanzibar and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Zanzibar Tourist Organisation site and the latest Zanzibar Weather Updates from the BBC.