Five Amazing Facts About Zanzibar
1. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar in 1946. His birth name was Farouk Bulsara.
2. Zanzibar is a group of islands just off the coast of East Africa. There are two large main islands, Pemba and Unguja – the latter is informally referred to as “Zanzibar”.
3. Zanzibar is a year-round destination with temperatures between 28C and 32C.
4. The capital of Zanzibar is not Stone Town, as some believe, it’s Zanzibar City. Stone Town is the historic town within Zanzibar City, famed for its labyrinth of narrow streets, historic buildings, and ancient spice markets.
5. Zanzibar is popularly called The Spice Islands, due to its main economic activity after tourism being spice exports – mainly cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper.
The tropical island of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous territory in union with Tanzania. Zanzibar has its own parliament and president but shares the same currency as mainland Tanzania as well as the same official languages of Kiswahili and English. Zanzibar covers an area of 2,461 square kilometers with a population of 1.3 million.
The name Zanzibar is an Arabic word that is translated as ‘the coast of black people’. Zanzibar was settled by Bantu-speaking Africans, Persians, and lastly Arabs and was previously a former center for spice and slave trades. The majority religion is Islam and from this history, there remains many Africa, Arab, European and Indian influences.
Zanzibar has an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius all year round and experiences similar weather patterns as the Tanzanian mainland. There are two main options to get to Zanzibar, you can choose to get there by plane or by ferry from Dar es Salaam.
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