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ABOUT  ZANZIBAR

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ABOUT ZANZIBAR


history

The main islands of Zanzibar are Unguja, Pemba and Tumbatu. Stone Town, on the western shore of Unguja Island, is the Capital of this region. The city gained its name from the many large multi-story Stone buildings that fill the old town area. These structures are actually constructed with coral and mortar, not stone. There are currently about 1700 of these buildings in the Stone Town section of Zanzibar City.


1100 of these have been classified as having architectural significance. In this small area, which was originally a peninsula, almost an island at times, and which is only about 83 city blocks square, there are 23 landmark buildings, Two Cathedrals, over 50 Mosques, 157 Balconies, Verandahs and Loggias and more than 200 Carved Doors. Zanzibar's Stone Town has been designated a "World Heritage Site" by the United Nations.


As the site of the largest Swahili Stone Town in the world, Zanzibar is well worth a visit. Tourists are now welcome on Zanzibar and the infrastructure for guests has greatly expanded in the last few years. Hotels and Guest Houses are available in all price ranges. Accommodations extend from basic backpacker support to luxurious private islands. There is an international airport about 5 km. from Stone Town and many modern Ferry's now ply the short sea routes between the Islands and the mainland.

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climate

The Zanzibar is a tropical island and its climate is subject to the whims of monsoon winds. The northern monsoon lasts three to four months from December to March. The Southwest monsoon, lasts from April to November. The rainy seasons, starts in March or April and lasts in May. June to October is the dry season and temperatures are clement.

health & safety

All travelers to Zanzibar are advised to have their vaccination at least 36 hours before their journey in the countries of their residence. In the circumstances or any reason that a traveler could not have yellow fever vaccination in his/her county of origin can be obtained at the major entry point in Tanzania.



festival in Zanzibar


Sauti za busara - mid February

The main islands of Zanzibar are Unguja, Pemba and Tumbatu. Stone Town, on the western shore of Unguja Island, is the Capital of this region. The city gained its name from the many large multi-story "STONE" buildings that fill the old town area. These structures are actually constructed with coral and mortar, not stone. There are currently about 1700 of these buildings in the Stone Town section of Zanzibar City.


The main islands of Zanzibar are Unguja, Pemba and Tumbatu. Stone Town, on the western shore of Unguja Island, is the Capital of this region. The city gained its name from the many large multi-story "stone" buildings that fill the old town area. These structures are actually constructed with coral and mortar, not stone. There are currently about 1700 of these buildings in the Stone Town section of Zanzibar City.


Festival of the Dhow Countries - July:

The Festival of the Dhow Countries is an international film and cultural festival held in July on the islands of Zanzibar. Hosted by Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), the event showcases and promotes the myriad of film, music, dance, and other art forms from the historically trade connected “dhow countries’ of East Africa, India, Iran, Pakistan, the Arabic countries and islands of the Indian Ocean.


Activities and events include music, theatre and dance performances, workshops and exhibitions. A large music programme also runs, featuring artists from Tanzania alongside international acts. Many of these events are staged at Forodhani Gardens and are free to the public. There are also workshops and seminars for women and children, and Village Panoramas, which reach about forty villages across the Zanzibar islands of Unguja and Pemba.


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. 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.


International Triathlon & 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.


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. Festivities are accompanied by ancient rites and rituals, such as symbolic fires and mock fights, which are believed to ensure peace and harmony for the village in the coming year. Men taking part in the fights, defend themselves with banana stems (in place of the traditional cudgels and clubs), while women stroll through the village dressed in their best clothes, taunting the men with songs about village life and love.


The ritual is said to allow villagers to air any grievances and vent their anger, thus ensuring conflicts are not carried into the coming year. The celebration ends with feasts, singing and dancing, often carrying on late into the night.


Eid el Hajj - February:

Eid el Hajj is celebrated in February and marks the end of the pilgrimage 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.