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About Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an island country located off the coast of the Indian Ocean in Africa at a 36-kilometer distance to Tanzania. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania. It consists of two islands called Unguja and Pemba. The island, which had been settled by the Iranian immigrants in the history and was known as "Zangi Bar” that means "Negro Beach" in Persian, has become known as Zanzibar as the time went by.

97% of the people are Muslims in Zanzibar, which is famous for its tropical climate, white beaches, turquoise water, spices and giant turtles. The capital of the island is the Stone Town, and it is on UNESCO's World Heritage List thanks since it is an open-air museum that synthesizes African, Arabic and Indin cultures. The city has well preserved its authentic texture and it is full of unique buildings reflecting its own culture. Zanzibar had been one of the main transit routes of European slave trade for many years. A monument was built in the center of the island to commemorate the victims of this humanity shame that ended in the 1960s. Zanzibar, where Freddie Mercury was born in, has rich natural resources in terms of tourism; however, the people in Zanzibar seem to be poor. The most important economic resource of the Island is tourism and spice trade. Canoe production is also an important source of income.

Unguja Island, Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island, Slave Market, Freddie Mercury House and Forodhani Garden are the must-see tourist attractions in the city. You can visit farms thanks to the Tour of the Spice, which is an important tourism activity. The Equatorial climate is effective and the weather is hot in the city. Monsoon rains are seen in March-April-May period. Air transportation to Zanzibar is provided through Tanzania's Dar-es-Salam city. You can reach Zanzibar Airport after an additional flight that only takes 15 minutes.

Transportation to Zanzibar City Center from Airport

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, also known as Kisauni Airport, is an important transportation center of the region with its distance of about 5 kilometers from the capital Zanzibar. Regular flights to European cities, to East Africa and the Middle East take place from the airport. The airport which was known as Kisauni before, is carrying the name of the first president of the country since 2010.

It is possible to travel to Israel's Tel Aviv city, Germany's Munich and Frankfurt cities, Dubai, Doha, Amsterdam, Brussels, Nairobi, Milan, Bologna and Istanbul with seasonal flights from the airport.

When you arrive at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, you can get to the center which is 5 kilometers away by taking a taxi, renting a car from one of the local Zanzibar rental companies, or with airport shuttle if you have booked in advance


At Abeid Amani Karume International Airport you can find taxis without difficulty, especially during flight times. The taxis in Zanzibar determine their fares based on the taximeter device turned on in front of the airport terminal; you can reach your destination with a not-so-high fare thanks to the factors such as the close proximity of the airport. However, if you still have some question marks about the taxi fare that you would pay, you can go to the information desks at the airport without having to leave the terminal after your plane has landed, and you can ask the average taxi fare by showing the address you will be going to. Another way to know about the taxi fare in advance and have a more comfortable journey on this route is to discuss with the taxi drivers waiting in front of the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

Car Rental

At Abeid Amani Karume International Airport or Kisauni Airport, as it was known before, generally the local car rental companies serve to those passengers willing to rent a car. After renting your car from the companies located at the airport terminal, you can deal with a local guide or drive with a navigation device if you would like to find your way easily to the center. Car rental fares are not usually high at the airport and you will not have much difficulty driving and finding parking slot in the city. This way, if you are planning to travel between different regions of Zanzibar, you can consider renting a car and driving to the center.

Airport Shuttle

The airport shuttle service is among one of the top preferences of passengers who will stay in a large hotel, especially in the center of Zanzibar. If you are not planning to stay in a hotel in the center or the hotel you are staying at does not offer this service, it is possible for you to look online and find a private shuttle company. If you are going to get support from a local guide while you are in the city, you can also ask your guide for help finding and booking an airport shuttle. The fare you would pay in Zanzibar, where the airport is only about 5 kilometers outside the center, for a shuttle to get to the city center will usually be low. On the other hand, keep in mind that based on the distance the fare you would pay increase if you will be travelling further away from the center.

Last Updated: 30 Aug 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Zanzibar arranged?

Zanzibar flights are organized to Abeid Amani Karume Intl. Airport.

How many hours does it take to travel to Zanzibar by plane?

London-Zanzibar 7 hour 40 minutes.

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