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Zanzibar

When it’s time to rinse off the dust of the plains, there is really no better place to be than the tropical swahili Coast and Zanzibar Island, infused with natural beauty and a heady mix of African, Arabian, Persian and Indian cultural influences.

The shimmering coastline of palm-fringed white beaches and reefs is indented with creeks and mangroves while the warm aquamarine waters are beaded with tropical islands. Baobab, cashew and mango trees and fragments of ancient coastal forest colour the narrow strip between coast and uplands green. When palms and casuarinas frame your view of sand, sea and lateen-rigged dhows, it is time to breathe out and relax, soothed by the balmy onshore breeze.

Swahili Culture

The monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean have shaped the history and culture of this sparkling coastline, carrying traders and seafarers from Arabia, Persia, India and even China to and from Africa on their seasonal routes.
Swahili language and culture blend African and Eastern influences in a fusion that is both exotic and easy on the senses. The Kilwa Sultanate that once ruled the coast from Kenya to Mozambique fragmented into several city-states that flourished with the trade winds. The breezes of the fabled island of Zanzibar still carry the heady scents of spices; while Swahili culture infuses Stone Town’s winding alleys with taarab music, magnificent carved doors and hospitable people. Echoes of a sadder history linger in the ruins and caves once used by slavers all down the coast.

Over 50 – Numbers of islands and islets making up the Zanzibar archipelago
28.4°C / 83.1°F- Average sea temperatures off Zanzibar
12 hours-The length of each day and night here on the equator

Weather in Zanzibar 

December- March is generally hot and dry
April- Mid of June is wet because of long rains
July-August is dry and breezy with little rainfall
October-November is when the short rains appear.

 

Access to Zanzibar 

There are several ways to reach Zanzibar. One can fly into Dar es Salaam,Tanzania with KLM Royal Dutch, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airline, South African Airways, Swiss Air or Kenya Airways then connect with a domestic flight to Zanzibar can also be very conveniently reached from Dar es Salaam with daily sea ferry schedules taking only two hours traveling time. Alternatively, Airlines such as precision Air,  ZanAir, Auric Air, Reginal Air and Coastal Air have daily scheduled flights to Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam taking only 20 minutes flying time