Zanzibar with the population of 1.4 million, is an island partner within the United Republic of Tanzania, located in the Indian Ocean about 35 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at six degrees south of the Equator. CLIMATE. Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, with the exception of April and May, which are seasonal subject to the long rains. Short rains can occur in November but are characterized by short showers, which do not last long. The heat of summer is seasonally often calmed by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coast. Being near the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially summer and winter peak December and June respectively.


The population of Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a rich Swahili culture. Because of religious and cultural traditions dress code is important, and men and women should dress appropriately when away from the beach, covering shoulder and legs too below the knees. Zanzibar people are generally very warm, open and hospitable, and your respect for permission before taking photograph or filming local people is appreciated. Do not take photos or film at sensitive government sites, including the State House seaport, airport or military sites. Public consumption of alcohol is not permissible, except in hotels and tourist areas, bars and some restaurants. Local customs should be respected. Mosques are sacred places and there is generally no entry to non-Muslims, unless accompanied by a person of the faith who can show you around.