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Zanzibar

Official Name:  Zanzibar

Capital:  Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja

Population:  985,000. Zanzibar City 205,000

Land Area:  It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25-50 km off the coast of Tanzania and consists of numberous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the mainisland, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba

Political Status:  A semi autonomous part of Tanzania, East Africa. It has its own government, known as the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

Currency:  Tanzanian shilling (TZS) TZS100 = AUD 6 cents (converted 01 September 2016)  US currency can also be appreciated as tips.

Time:  3 hours ahead of GMT

Language:  English, French, Italian, Kiswahili and Swahili

Schooling:  The first ten years of schooling is compulsory and free.

Key Industries:  Spices, raffia, seaweed and tourism are key industries. In particular cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.

Climate:  The heat of summer is often cooled by strong sea breezes assiated with the northeast monsoon. Being near the equator, the islands are warm year round, Rain occurs in November through to May. June to October the temperatures range from about 22 -30 degrees Celsius.TanzaniaZanzibarClimate

Zanzibar is the capital city on a beautiful tropical island of Unguja often referred to as Zanzibar.  It is also known as the Spice Islands and acts as a great destination to complete your African Safari.    The historical Stone Town is a must see, although not always the cleanest, the varied old buildings of mixed period architecture ensures interesting photo opportunities .  It is  filled with history including famous Dr David Livingstone to the slave trade. Persian traders used it as a base for voyages between the Middle East, India and Africa. Ruled by Africans, Portuguese, Arabs, English and the German Empire has created an interesting history with unique forts and buildings to explore – step back in time and walk through narrow streets of Stone Town and white wished houses, markets, mosques and shops.  The island is still home of spice trading, years after the end of the slave trade and grows almost 80% of the world’s supply of cloves.  Rare Red Columbus primates exist in the drier areas of coastal thickets and Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.  There are no large wild animals in Unguja but a wide variety of birdlife and large numbers of butterflies are often seen in the rural areas (or the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre.)   Time to relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches.  Every day ends with a beautiful sunset over the East African waters.  Zanzibar acts as a great destination to complete your African Safari.

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