Zanzibar Stone townMain city        : Stone town:
Language         : Kiswahili and English
Currency         : Tanzania Shillings (Tsh)
Population         : Over 1,303,569 people by 2012
Airports         : Zanzibar International Airport (Close to Stone Town) and ChakeChake Airport (Pemba Island)
Bordering countries     : Is an island on the Indian Ocean west of Tanzania
Seasons         : Rainy season is between April to June / Short rains are between November to December / Dry season is between January to March / Warm dry seasons are between July to October



Zanzibar is the larger part Tanzaniaderiving its name from a Persian and Arabic dialect means ‘‘Coast of blacks’’. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast mainland with numerous islands whose major ones are Unguja and Pemba.

Zanzibar’s also commonly referred to as the ‘‘Spice Island’’ has its capital city as Stone Town which is a historic site holding the status of a World Heritage Site owing to its rich Swahili - Arab culture and claimed to be the only functioning ancient town across East Africa.

Despite not being a safari destination usually and posing as a post safari destination for relaxing, Zanzibar equally is a home to some rare endemic aquatic life. Also present are the elusive Zanzibar leopard which is almost extinct, moneky species (red monkey species), bush pigs, civets, mongoose, genet, butterfly and variety of birdlife.

The Island is world known for its rich Swahili – Arabic culture and the beautiful cosy white sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs rich in marine diversity making the island an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving.