How big is the Population of Zanzibar?
Zanzibar hosts just over 1,000 000 people on the Island. The population is 95% Black African people, with 5% being Asian, Arab and European.
Zanzibar time zone
Both Zanzibar and Tanzania are on GMT + 3.
Capital of Zanzibar
The capital of Zanzibar is Stone Town, a place where the past and present has mixed very well. Stone Town is an interesting mix of East African, Arab, Indian, Persian and European conquerors, traders and seafarers.
The city is filled with old buildings created in the different periods of time in Zanzibar. Being a small and busy island, the town does not provide the cleanest view, but it's interesting to see the markets, harbour, and mosques, and to dine at a few restaurants.
Climate and Weather of Zanzibar
Summer temperatures range from 20°C/68°F to 30°C/86°F, from December to March.
Winter temperatures range from 19°C/66°F to 25°C/77°F, from March to May. From June to October it gets very dry on the island with hot days and cool evenings. Late October through to mid December is pretty hot with small thunderstorms.
Local CurrencyThe unit of currency in Zanzibar is the Tanzanian shilling (Tsh).
Foreign currency is usually accepted in most establishments in Tanzania. Travellers cheques and cash are widely accepted.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted at all upmarket hotels and lodges.
Bank Business Hours
Zanzibar does not have any international banks. However, the local banks will readily exchange foreign currency. The banks are open from 9:00am to 16:00pm, Monday to Friday and closed on a Saturday and Sunday.
Tipping for ServicesAs in all other places in the world, at restaurants, the standard tipping is 10% of the bill.
For lodge and hotel staff, it usually is 10 - 15%.
Internet ConnectivityAll the major hotels and resorts provide internet connectivity. Smaller out of the way lodges may not be able to offer connectivity.
But that the whole point of being on holiday anyway. To get away from "being connected" to reality. There are internet cafes in the town.
What plugs and power voltage is used in Zanzibar?
Zanzibar uses 220v, so you will need adapters if you are using a different voltage. Most hotels have adapters, but it is wise to bring your own, just in case.
Weights and MeasuresZanzibar makes use of Metric measurements.
LanguageSwahili is the official language of Zanzibar but English is widely spoken throughout the island. Arabic is spoken as well.
Cultures and ReligionZanzibar is predominantly Muslim and filled with mosques. There are a few churches and temples for Christians and Hindus. Please do not enter the mosques if you are not Muslim.
Visa and Passport RequirementsWhen visiting Zanzibar, you should visit your local embassy to get details on your passport and visa. Depending on your nationality, you might be able to get a visa in Zanzibar or you might have to request it in your country.
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