Zanzibar Town

Zanzibar (from the Persian Zendji-Bar, which means ‘land of blacks’) is located about 35 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania and covers an area of 2,643 square kilometres.  Zanzibar is known throughout the world as the jewel of the Indian Ocean and has a romantic, colourful history of seafarers and explorers of riches and tragedy and the dark stain of slavery.


Zanzibar was once the trading centre of the whole of East Africa, Zanzibar attracted Sumerians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays. The great explorers, Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Krapf continued their journeys from these shores. Zanzibar Town on Zanzibar Island is the national capital of Zanzibar and the seat of government


It comprises main island of Unguja also known as Zanzibar, the island of Pemba which is located about 50 kilometres north of Unguja and famed for its deep-sea fishing and scuba-diving and a number of smaller islands

Population 2012

Total Population 1,303,569
Male Population 630,677
Female Population 672,892
Growth rate 3.1


The majority of Zanzibar residents practice the Islamic faith which reflects also their life style and culture.

Currency in Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Business languages

English and KiSwahili are the official languages spoken by most Zanzibari but Kiswahili is the main language for Business.

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