Zanzibar FAQs

Is Zanzibar Safe for Travel?

Yes, it is safe to travel to Zanzibar Islands. This is one of the safest African destinations, even for solo travelers.

The Zanzibar Archipelago is part of Tanzania, which is one of the most stable African countries. Tanzania is ranked as the most peaceful country in East Africa, in fact.

The local people are generally welcoming and laid-back. Thanks to the picture-perfect beaches, sunny weather and rich culture Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination. Thus, it features all the necessary tourism infrastructure for a comfortable and safe holiday. Many international travelers enjoy their time on the islands so much that they return time and again.

When is the best time to go to Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is open for visits all throughout the year, for as long as you have time off your busy schedule for beach holiday. The best time to visit Zanzibar is however during the dry season in Zanzibar in the months of June to October and January to February. Zanzibar is a tropical region which receives warm temperatures even during the wet season in Zanzibar.

The best month to visit Zanzibar is definitely June to September or October, when the sky is very clear and blue, as well as mid-December, January and February.

How expensive is Zanzibar?

Whereas many travelers tend to think that Zanzibar is expensive to visit, Zanzibar is actually a great destination to visit even on budget. Zanzibar is not expensive to visit; every traveler’s taste and preference is catered for with the availability of various options for you to choose from, from super luxury, luxury, and mid-range and to budget, thereby catering for all kinds of travelers.

Is Zanzibar worth visiting?

Most definitely, Zanzibar is worth visiting: you shall be overwhelmed by the tranquillity and beauty of the island.  There are so many reasons why you should visit Zanzibar. Is Zanzibar a good holiday destination? Yes! Zanzibar is a great holiday destination, especially for travelers after some relaxation.

Do I need a visa for Zanzibar?

A visa is required for almost everyone entering Zanzibar/Tanzania. The price for a single-entry (tourist) visa is 50 $ for most nationalities, for US citizens it is 100 $. Visas can be obtained at any point of entry as well as 4 – 6 weeks prior to entry via the Tanzanian embassy in your country.

Do I need vaccinations for Zanzibar?

The only situation when a vaccination is required is when entering Zanzibar after a stay of more than 12 hours in a yellow fever endemic country. In this case the vaccination certificate needs to be processed at the point of entry. Other vaccinations to be considered depending on your mode of traveling.

Is altitude medication needed to climb Kilimanjaro?

The symptoms of altitude sickness can appear while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, in all climbers irrespective of their age and/or fitness level. Due to which, most climbers choose to use Diamox (Acetazolamide), a medication that diminishes headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath which occur when climbing to high altitudes. Side effects include a tingling sensation in fingertips and on the face, and frequent urination.

What to consider when taking pictures on Zanzibar?

Pictures of buildings and scenery, including people, can be taken any time. It is however strictly prohibited to take pictures of governmental buildings, persons or vehicles