Official Language in Zanzibar

Official language of local people in the island is Swahili. Most of the young population can speak English and Italian.

Most common words that you can hear in Zanzibar

  • Jambo – Hello
  • Mambo – Hi
  • Karibu – Welcome
  • Ahsante – Thank you
  • Poa Poa – Ok, great
  • Hakuna Matata – No worries
  • Pole Pole – Slowly slowly

Time Zone of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is in Eastern Africa Time (EAT) time zone and +3 hours ahead according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3)

Due to the location of the island in the southern hemisphere, sunrise and sunset time changes slightly during the year.
Sunrise is between 06:00 a.m. – 06:30 a.m., sunset is between 18:00 p.m. – 18:30 p.m.

Currency of Zanzibar – Tanzanian Shilling

The currency in Zanzibar is the Tanzanian Shilling.

Points to note for the dollar: Different currencies are applied for $ 50-100 notes, $ 1-2-5-10-20 notes. Also, dollar banknotes older than 2006 are not accepted at exchange offices and shops.

For current exchange rates, you can visit:

Weather in Zanzibar

What is the best time to go to Zanzibar?

February, with an average of 28 ° C, is the hottest month of this tropical island which is situated in the tropic of Capricorn. The coldest month is July with an average of 24 ° C. July is a month of winter.

The best weather conditions for visiting Zanzibar are between June and October. In these months, the weather is dry and cool. The other popular time period is between December and February. The weather is hot and dry these months.

March - April and May are periods of tropical rainfall and we cannot say that it is very suitable for visit.

The month that is most benefited from sunlight is December with 10 hours.

Sea water temperature reaches its highest value in March at 30 ° C. April is the month with the maximum rainfall with the average 400mm.

Tides in Zanzibar

You can visit the following page for the "tide" times in the Indian Ocean:


Visa for Zanzibar

Is Visa required for Zanzibar?

Visas are required for citizens of many countries. A form must be filled with some information about passport, entry - exit dates and accommodation during entry to the country. A visa fee of 100 $ for US citizens and 50 $ for other nationals is paid upon arrival. This fee is not accepted as cash but can only be paid by credit card. Finally, a fingerprint identification process is performed and a 90-day single entry visa is attached to your passport.

Transportation to Zanzibar

Zanzibar Island is located to the east of Africa, the second largest and most populous continent in the world. Zanzibar Island, which is a combination of Ujunga and Pemba Islands with a bird flight distance of 30 km to Tanzania, is a part of the Indian Ocean.

You can get direct Access to Zanzibar from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, from Dubai with Emirates or Fly Dubai, from Doha with Qatar Airways, from Kenya with Kenya Airways, from Muscat with Omman Air. For current flights, please visit the respective airlines' web pages.

You can use these airline companies to fly from Tanzania to Zanzibar.

Zan Air
Coastal Aviation
Auric Air
Precision Air

It is also possible to take a ferry from Dar Es Salam to the island. For details you can use this link.