in Zanzibar, Africa.
your Gap Year
on the Island of Zanzibar in Tanzania with jubileeventures.org,
go abroad on
African tours, visit famous
historical places, play with
dolphins, study turtles,
dive, swim or
snorkel in crystal
waters, soak in the sun on
extensive Zanzibar sandy beaches, support local communities. All this
and more exciting international opportunities at an affordable
Experience the Wonders of Africa's
is a large
land in Eastern
lying between the great lakes namely Lake
South of the
Equator Tanzania comprises of the Mainland and the Island
(Unguja and Pemba).
population of about 36 million, crosscutting a range of ethnic groups
different nationalities from all corners of the world. Zanzibar’s
population is estimated at 1 million.
its independence from Britain.
April of the same year, Zanzibar
form the United Republic of Tanzania, commonly known as Tanzania.
commonly called Tanzania
mainland while the Islands
its own government resembling a state government complete with a
a popularly elected house of representatives, but it remains part of
the umbrella of Tanzania.
most romantic, old and fascinating history which emanates from long
with many cultures. As early as AD 60, Zanzibar
first mentioned by the Periplous of the Erythraen one of the famous
sailors of that time, in his writings. This suggests that residents and
from other continents must have visited Zanzibar.
earliest travelers came from Persia,
Then the arrival of Shirazis, Omanis, Portuguese and the British
rest of the world.
explorer Vasco da Gama visited Zanzibar
1499 on his way to India.
British warship, Edward Bonaventure anchored at the Zanzibar
in 1592 lead by James Lancaster. British colonization of Zanzibar
later and ended in 1963.
agriculture and tourism are the
foundations of the local economy. Cloves along with coconut products
are a major export earner while tourism is the primary foreign exchange
Although many residents of Zanzibar
Moslems, there are significant numbers of Christians, Hindus
people of other faiths.
experiences warm tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity
year round. The average temperature is 25º C (77 F), but it
as hot as
39º C (102 F). Because of the ocean breezes during daytime and
wind in the night the condition are more comfortable. February is the
month while August is the coolest. There are two rainfall seasons, the
in March to June and lesser rains in September to November.
Air: The only airlines providing direct
connection to Zanzibar
the rest of the world are Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airline, Gulf Air
Other airlines fly to Dar – Es – salaam from where
made by local airlines, or sea ferries.
number of ferryboats
services between Dar and Zanzibar.
common boats include Sea Express, Sea Bus, Sea Star and MV Sepideh.
can be made at the ports in Dar – Es Salaam and Zanzibar
through local travel agents.
tourist’s paradise, with lots of old architectural sites to
waters to swim, dive or snorkel in, wetland ecosystems, spice farms,
and white sandy beaches and a most friendly people. Among the Islands
important sights such as the House of Wonders; the Palace
Livingstone's House; and the Arab Fort. Stone town is also famous for
bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors. Stone
shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.
lots of spice farms and gardens abound on this Island.
cinnamon, pepper and many other spices are grown in the city.
Jozani Forest: The
is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to
rare Red Columbus Monkey (pictured opposite), Sykes’s
bush pigs and the elusive Zanzibar leopard (which is said to roam about
Both Zanzibar and Pemba
beaches ideal for relaxation and sunbathing. The picture perfect blue
replete with and coral reefs and ideal for diving and snorkeling.
and experienced scuba divers can enjoy
exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters,
gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large game fish
barracuda, kingfish and tuna hunt together with graceful manta rays. There
is a sanctuary where injured turtles
and other marine animals recuperate before being released back into the
waters of the Indian
is home to
several varieties of bottle-nosed dolphins and lucky visitors can have
to swim next to these fascinating creatures.
the site of a prison
for slaves, the
island has a lovely white beach for sunbathing and the surrounding
a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling.
is also home to a family of giant tortoises,
imported from the Seychelles
in the late
all these attractions and more, you have
a thousand reasosn to plan your trip to Zanzibar and experience