Is tap water safe to drink?
We urge people to drink only bottled water, also use bottled water to clean teeth. Many shops and stalls sell bottled water, as do hotels and restaurants, though it is cheaper to stock-up with bottles bought at shops/stalls. Make sure seals on water bottles are unbroken.
Given the religion, is there a strict restriction on alcohol in Zanzibar?
No, alcohol is served in the vast majority of hotels and restaurants. There are just a limited number of hotels/restaurants in Stone Town which do not serve alcohol. Lager is either brewed in Tanzania or Kenya (and very acceptable) or Castle Lager is imported from South Africa. Most wine is from South Africa. There are a couple of retail stores which sell alcohol in Stone Town.
What medication should I bring?
Besides personal prescription medicine, visitors to Zanzibar must carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate if travelling from a yellow fever risk country. Malaria is not as prevalent as it is in Tanzania but prevention medicine is recommended. Remember to bring plenty of sun screen and mosquito repellent!
Is a visa required?
Yes, for the majority of countries including UK & EU countries. Please check with your travel expert if your home country falls into this category. It is best to get a visa before you go, but they can be obtained at airports on arrival and at border crossings on the mainland from Kenya.
What is mobile phone coverage like in Zanzibar?
Cell-phone coverage is almost 100% throughout Zanzibar.
What is the electiricty supply?
220 – 240 volt AC. The power supply on the mainland and Zanzibar can be unreliable. Most hotels have back-up generators. It is advisable to take a multi-adaptor regardless of your home country.
What is the currency in Zanzibar?
Zanzibar uses the Tanzania Shilling (TSH), which cannot be obtained until arrival in Tanzania/Zanzibar. Travellers are urged to take US$ cash to change into TSH. We advise against credit card payment as most hotels charge quite high commission, up to 10 percent. GBP Sterling is accepted at banks & Forex to change in to TSH but not widely accepted for payment at hotels.
What type of climate can I expect?
Zanzibar has a well-established weather pattern. Travel to Zanzibar is not advised during March until May as this is the monsoon season. June through to October is relatively cool with pleasing temperatures and relatively low humidity. From October it starts to warm up, with November bringing erratic rainfall.
What should I pack?
Besides personal prescription medication, travellers should bring plenty of sun screen and mosquito repellent, as well as the following:
- Light, loose, modest clothing
- Bathing costumes
- Flip flops and reliable walking shoes
- Sun glasses and sun hat
- Flash light
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