Zanzibar is a place that means"coast of blacks" and situated 25 to 50 km east of mainland in Tanzania. The main island is Unjuga, which is commonly known as Zanzibar itself, and the other is Pemba, which is known as the green land. Zanzibar in now a city, though the historic centre was "stone town" a bustling city that was once the hub of a coastal trade up and down the East coast of Africa.
It mainly exports cloves, seaweed, coconut and copra. This is the world's oldest functioning swahili city. In the ancient time Zanzibar had become a major trading hub, supplying gold, ivory, slaves and wood to places as distant as India, while importing spices, glassware and textiles. You can get to Zanzibar by flight via countries such as Ethiopia, Tanzania or Kenya
Size: 2461 sq km
Location:East of mainland Tanzania
By domestic flight
By ship through Dar es Salaam
What to do:
Visit Stone Town
Go to Nungwi and Kendwa beaches
Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll
Watching sunset at Stone Town
Giant Turtles on Prison Island
Spice plantation tour
Chalet at beach
Visit between December until February for festive season.
Visit between June to October for the dry season and the humidly hot.
Visit between January to February to have a cool dry season.
Cost to live in Zanzibar in a budget living:
Per day per person - USD 20
One week per person - USD 139
Two week per person - USD 278
One month per person - USD 596
One week per couple - USD 278
Two week per couple- USD 556
One month per couple - USD 1192