Language in ZanzibarEnglish and KiSwahili are the official languages, spoken by most Zanzibari; beside this, there are many ethnic groups, who speak localised dialects and languages. Some basic KiSwahili will help you to enjoy your trip even more – and even poor attempts to speak it will be hugely appreciated by most islanders!
Laundry in ZanzibarPractically all beach lodges have laundry services, though sometimes, due to religious taboos, women's underwear is excluded.
Taking children to ZanzibarAs a beach destination, Zanzibar is generally very good for relaxed family holidays. Please see our ideas for family holidays in Zanzibar, or call our expert team for detailed information.
Visas for ZanzibarCurrently, travellers with British or US passports require visas for Tanzania – and Zanzibar is simply an area of Tanzania; there are now no separate requirements for the island.
For UK citizens, visas are currently best obtained in advance from the Tanzanian High Commission, and cost approximately £38 per single entry. Always check the most recent regulations with your nearest Tanzania High Commission or Embassy before travelling.
Weather and climate in ZanzibarZanzibar's weather tends to be more humid than the weather on the mainland – click on the following link for a detailed description of the weather and climate in Zanzibar.
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