Currency: Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) and American Dollars (USD) are widely accepted.
An ATM machine is available in Stone Town. Exchange of Dollars, Euros, Pounds and Tanzanian Shillings is available at the reception desk
Time Zone: 3 hours ahead of GMT (2 hours in summertime)
Electricity: 220 volts with 3 flat-pronged plugs (UK style): British sockets are standard; we advise our guests to bring adaptors with them, although we do hold a few on reception.
Language: Swahili, English
Weather: September to April (26-32oC), May to August (25-28oC)
Medical Care: An appointment can be organized with a private doctor directly at the hotel.
Visa required: More information at http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/visa.html
Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (50 km from the resort)
Ferry: Zanzibar is also reachable by boat from Dar-es-Salam, docking at the main harbour in Stone Town.
Stone Town Car Rental: Car rental companies are available in Stone Town. Alternatively, our Concierge team can advise you.
Driving: Driving is on the left in Zanzibar. In order for tourists to drive they need to show their international licence at the police station and collect a local licence. However, we do advise our guests against hiring cars or driving themselves, and instead use a private driver or take a taxi in order to focus on enjoying the scenery.
From Nungwi: Via the Nungwi Road, 3km towards Kendwa
From Kizimkazi Dimbani: Via the Nungwi Road, 107 km towards Kendwa
From Zanzibar Town: Via the Malawi Road and Nungwi Road, 55 km towards Kendwa
Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, lying on the eastern coast of Tanzania, which consists of Unguja and Pemba, the two largest islands, and about 50 smaller isles and sand banks. With just a few degrees dividing Zanzibar from the Equator, the tropical climate offers warm sunshine and incredible shades of blue ocean.
The climate is more humid than on the mainland. The long, dry season that runs from June until October comes with a bright blue sky and gorgeous sunny weather.The „green“ season starts at the end of March/beginning of April and lasts until the end of May. The ‚short rains‘ take place during November and December and act as a refreshing period for the land, with the second dry season, just a short one, taking place in January and February.The temperature from September until April is 26-32oC and from May to August 25-28oC.
Tides are very important in Zanzibar, as they have a big impact on the daily life of the inhabitants. Depending on the moon, Zanzibar experiences 2 low and 2 high tides per day, with 6 hours in between low and high. The full moon and new moon provide stronger tides (“spring tides”) on the shoreline. However, depending on the location, they have more or less important tidal consequences. The north west coast is the least exposed to tides, which makes the Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort an ideal location, since tides have no impact on its private beach.
As the history and culture of Zanzibar is influenced by many different cultures, its cuisine follows suit. Persians, Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Portuguese and others have brought new tastes, flavours and smells to the islands, from Chinese glass noodles, to sweetmeats from the Middle East, to spices from India. Zanzibari culinary art contains dishes flavoured with cloves, ginger, pepper, some chilli and fresh coconut. Other delicacies originate from the African mainland: manioc potatoes, boiled beans, sweet potatoes, roasted corn on the cob and yam. Another equally traditional dish is "sorpotel", a mixed offal and pork stew seasoned with curry spices. The famous Zanzibari pizza is also not to be missed. For food lovers, it is easy to find special meals: shark in pepper, octopus in coconut milk prepared with curry, cardamom, cinnamon, garlic and lime juice.
The Zanzibar archipelago consists of the islands of Unguja and Pemba, along with a number of small islets. The name is thought to have Persian or Arabic origins.
Following Vasco de Gama’s visit in 1499, Zanzibar was ruled by the Portuguese and remained this way for almost two centuries. Zanzibar then became part of the overseas holdings of Oman and was ruled by the Sultan of Oman. It soon became the main slave market of the east African Coast where ivory trades thrived, and there was an expanding plantation economy centred on cloves.
The islands gained independence from Britain in December 1963 as a constituional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution led to the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. In April, 1964, the Republic merged with the mainland Tanganyika to form Tanzania.
Today Zanzibar has its own Government and President with semi-autonomy. The elements of Persian, Arabic, Indian and European culture are most visible in the capital, Stone Town, which was recently declared a World Heritage site by Unesco. The capital is the proud home of the Freddie Mercury Museum, as he was born in Stone Town.
The most important sources of income are spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper), raffia and tourism.
97% of Zanzibar's population practices the Islamic faith, the rest is divided between Hindu and Christianity. Ramadan is the most important tradition for the local people.