City

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Historic heart of Zanzibar with rich cultural heritage.

Tanzania
Location
30,000
Population
13 m
Altitude

About Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Stone Town is a fascinating place to visit. It is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. It was the former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate and a center of trade for spices and slaves in the 19th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique architecture and cultu...

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Ideal for exploring with minimal rain and cooler temperatures.
December - February
June - October
High Season
Dry weather and pleasant temperatures make this the best time for visiting.
March - May
Low Season
Heavy rains can make some areas less accessible, but Stone Town remains visitable.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Stone Town is generally safe for tourists, but it's wise to take usual travel precautions such as guarding personal belongings and staying aware of your surroundings. Standard vaccinations for travel to Tanzania, including hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever, are recommended, along with malaria prophylaxis.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Zanzibar is accessible by air with flights to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, followed by a short drive to Stone Town. Ferries from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar offer an alternative for visitors already in Tanzania.
Getting Around
Walking is the best way to navigate the narrow streets of Stone Town. For longer distances within Zanzibar, taxis or rented motorbikes and bicycles are available.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including Zanzibar, require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival for many nationalities or in advance from Tanzanian diplomatic missions. Ensure to check the latest visa requirements and fees before travelling.
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