Tanzania is famous for its vast plains, its spectacular scenery safaris and its famous Kilimanjaro known to all. It is also, about forty kilometers off Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, an archipelago set with long white sandy beaches, bordered by a turquoise lagoon and protected by a spectacular coral reef where thousands of tropical fish wriggle... Unguja and Pemba, the two heavenly islands of the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, are an ode to idleness and an Eden at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean trade routes that have mixed multiple African, Arab and Indian influences. It is not surprising then that Stone Town (or Zanzibar Town), the capital of the archipelago, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The city is an invitation to travel, its tourist guide of Zanzibar at hand, with its maze of alleys, its splendid carved doors and its colourful market in the Darajani district. Scuba divers and snorkellers will not forget to explore the reefs of Pemba Island while lovers of lush nature will meet the incredible Colobe monkey in Jozani National Park. Nature reserves are the country's treasure. Going on a Tanzanian safari is an opportunity to perhaps meet the Big Five: African lion, African leopard, African elephant, buffalo and black rhinoceros.

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When to go to Zanzibar Archipelago?

The best time to visit Zanzibar is the dry season, ideally from May to June and September to October to avoid extreme heat. It may well rain a few drops in the evening, and the sky sometimes offers cloudy landscapes but their beauty would then delight the painter inside you, even on your honeymoon. The short rainy season in November is also pleasant because the rainfall is rather irregular even if it sometimes rains several days in a row.

How to go to Zanzibar Archipelago? Our advice & tips

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Tour operators put forward many tour ideas to help you discover Zanzibar. Safaris, diving, relaxing on the islands, trekking or honeymoon trips, the options are many. Half board or full board, they adapt to your budget, the duration of your stay and organize the tours during the best periods.

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To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Consider buying your tickets six months before departure or, if you have more time than money, travel through the Middle East, there are cheaper tickets available all year round via these routes. It is also possible to reach the archipelago by ferry from the centre of Dar Es Salaam for two hours of crossing.

The daladalas (collective minibuses) make it possible to cover the main villages of the main island of Unguja for a paltry sum, even if the journeys are interspersed with multiple stops and it is necessary to be patient before discovering the Zanzibar wonders. If you want to avoid these often overcrowded public transport systems, some agencies and large hotels offer to rent minibuses from several of them to provide direct connections. It is also possible to rent cars and two-wheelers and the roads are in excellent condition. Driving is on the left.

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    When to travel?

    The best time to visit Zanzibar is the dry season, ideally from May to June and September to October to avoid extreme...
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    Weather forecast

    The weather in Zanzibar is easy to summarize: it is hot all year round with average temperatures ranging from 23 to 3...
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    Budget

    Tanzania remains a poor country, among the poorest in the world, and Zanzibar is no exception. On the other hand, for...
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    Formalities

    A tourist visa is required to enter Tanzania, including the Zanzibar Archipelago. Visas can be requested from the Tan...
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    Health

    Tanzania is a malaria-prone country, including Zanzibar. A treatment is to be taken and it is important to protect yo...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Consider buying your tickets six months before...
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    How to get organized?

    Tour operators put forward many tour ideas to help you discover Zanzibar. Safaris, diving, relaxing on the islands, t...
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    Getting around

    The daladalas (collective minibuses) make it possible to cover the main villages of the main island of Unguja for a p...
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