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ABOUT ZANZIBAR

ABOUT ZANZIBAR



FACTS ON ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar 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. Zanzibar is made up of many islands, the main two being Unguja (sometimes called Zanzibar) and Pemba. The land is divided into three main areas, the plantation area, the coral rag area and the indigenous forests. The highest point is 390 feet above sea level. The population is estimated at around 1 Million, including Pemba and Mafia islands.


Language

The main language is Kiswahili. Even if you only use a few words whilst you are in Zanzibar you will make many friends. English is widely spoken and many people also speak Arabic. Other European languages such as French and Italian are known by some local people, especially around the tourist areas.


Religion

About 97% of the local population is Muslim. The remainder are Hindu or Christian and some with traditional beliefs. As well as many many mosques, Stone Town hosts an Anglican and a Catholic Cathedral and a Hindu Temple.


Climate

Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year, with the exception of April and May, which are seasonally 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 in December and June respectively. Zanzibar is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine daily.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Zanzibar is a small archipelago, consisting of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar), Pemba and other smaller surrounding islands and other islets. Zanzibar is located on the East African coast, and is totally lapped by the Indian Ocean. It is situated at 39°E longitude east of the prime meridian and 6°s latitude, south of Equator. Temperatures are high with an average of 25°C; it is humid throughout the year with the pronominal south and north eastern monsoons.

According to 2012 population census Zanzibar has 1,303,569 people, (Male 630,677 and Female 672,892). 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, ie covering shoulders and legs too below the knees. Beachwear on the beach is fine, although nude or topless bathing is not tolerated. When in villages or in Stone Town wearing beach wear would (and does) cause offence. Try to wear loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing when in public.

Zanzibari people are generally very warm, open and hospitable, and your respect for permission before taking photographs 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. If uncertain, it is always better to ask. Public consumption of alcohol is not permissible, except in hotels and tourist areas, bars and some restaurants, where it is no problem.

Public displays of affection such as kissing are not customary and generally considered offensive, unless behind closed doors. Local customs should respected. Mosques are sacred places an there is generally no entry to non-Muslims, unless accompanied by a person of the faith who can show you around except during the times for congregational prayer, which are five times daily. When offering or accepting things, try and remember to offer and receive with your right hand. This is the hand which should also be used for eating.


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Map of Zanzibar

Map of Zanzibar

The octopus hunters of Zanzibar

The octopus hunters of Zanzibar

The Old Fort of Zanzibar

The Old Fort of Zanzibar


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Jan 1 New Year's Day Jan 12 Zanzibar Revolution Day

Apr 21 Easter Monday

Apr 26 Union Day

May 1 Labour Day

Jul 7 Saba Saba (Industry's Day);

Aug 8 Nane Nane (Farmer's Day);

Dec 9 Independence and Republic Day

Dec 12 Independence Day

Dec 25 Christmas Day

Dec 26 Boxing Day


HEALTH & SAFETY

Time Zone: GMT + 3

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)

Exchange rate: USD 1= +/- 2,160.00 Tshs

Official Languages: Kiswahili & English

Electricity: 220-240 V AC, 50Hz

Religion: Predominatly Islam

International Dialing code: +255 plus code number, followed by 6 digit local number

FESTIVAL IN ZANZIBAR


Sauti Za Busara – Mid February:

The festival takes place in Stone Town, is organized by Busara Promotions, a non-profit NGO, with the aim of encouraging audiences to celebrate cultural and religious diversity, and to promote and develop opportunities for musicians and performing artists along the Swahili coast.


Festival of the Dhow Countries – July:

The festival takes place in Stone Town, is organized by Busara Promotions, a non-profit NGO, with the aim of encouraging audiences to celebrate cultural and religious diversity, and to promote and develop opportunities for musicians and performing artists along the Swahili coast.


Mwaka Kogwa – End July:

Mwaka Kogwa is celebrated in several villages around Zanzibar, but best observed in Makunduchi, on the southeastern coast. The colourful festival originates in Persia and celebrates the New Year according to the Shirazi calendar.


International Marathon – November:

The International Triathlon and marathon is hosted in Zanzibar every November. In the past, events have proven successful in drawing competitors from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Both the Triathlon and Marathon are Olympic distances and take place in some of Zanzibar’s finest locations.


Eid el Hajj – February:

Eid el Hajj is celebrated in February and marks the end of the pilgrammage in Mecca with festivities and carnivals held over four days. Festivities can be seen at the Mnazi Moja grounds, across from the National Museum, or at the Kariakoo fairgrounds.


Eid al Fitr – End of Ramadhan:

Eid el Hajj is celebrated in February and marks the end of the pilgrammage in Mecca with festivities and carnivals held over four days. Festivities can be seen at the Mnazi Moja grounds, across from the National Museum, or at the Kariakoo fairgrounds.

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