When to Travel?

The Zanzibar Islands are arguably a year round destination. However, undoubtedly the best time to travel is during the dry months from December to February and June to October. While the weather is dryer one also has to content with the occasional monsoon. The rule of thumb when planning a trip to Zanzibar is to stay on the southwest coast during the Northeast Monsoons (November to March) and on the northeast coast during the Southwest Monsoons (June to October).

Visa Requirements

  • Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • There is no need to obtain a seperate visa if you are visiting the Tanzanian mainland and to the island of Zanzibar.
  • Valid passports are required for entry into Zanzibar.
  • Visa can be applied on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar airport at a cost of approximately 50USD. However, for maximum convenience, you can apply for Visa at a Tanzanian Embassy prior to your trip.
  • European and American passport holders do require visas.
  • South African passport holders do not require visas.


  • Tanzanian Shillings may be used to purchase meals and drinks and to pay for curios,etc.
  • $1 = approx. 1600 Shillings

Health Considerations

  • Before undertaking any travel all clients are encouraged to consult with their GP and/or local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information on the destination of Zanzibar.
  • Visitors to Tanzania & Zanzibar are required to have a Yellow Fever inoculation and present the certificate when entering the.country. Alternatively a certificate of exemption from a travel clinic must be presented.
  • Visitors to Zanzibar are encouraged to take Malaria prophylactics. We suggest clients consult with their nearest travel clinic.for detailed information and advice on precautions.

Travel Insurance

  • When travelling internationally, it is important to ensure that a Travel Insurance Policy appropriately covers you against any.unforeseen eventualities.
  • Your insurance broker or provider will offer the necessary advice on specific travel insurance policies.
Map of Zanzibar

Map of Zanzibar