ITOP Member




Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.


  • Official Name


  • Capital City

    Zanzibar City

  • Language

    Kiswahili, English, Arabic

  • Population

    1.3 million

  • Climate

    Tropical and Oceanic

  • Airport

    Zanzibar International Airport

  • No of Visitors


  • Currency

    Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

  • Industry

    Service, Agriculture, Industrial and Construction


Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC) is a tourist attraction in Zanzibar. Approximately 400 to 600 butterflies live in a richly vegetated aviary, about 30X20 m tall. The butterflies are all native to Zanzibar. It is a project of sustainable tourism, because the revenue generated from entrance fees give the local population in the vicinity of the butterfly centre an alternative and environmentally friendly source of income, contributing to poverty alleviation in the region of Pete


House of Wonders

The House of Wonders or Palace of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront, in Mizingani Road. The House of Wonders currently houses the Museum of History & Culture of Zanzibar & the Swahili Coast.


Sauti za Busara Festival

The Sauti za Busara music festival is a sixday cultural extravaganza held annually in Zanzibar in the middle of February. Immensely popular with Tanzanians as well as visitors to the region, the festival offers a rich and vibrant mix of styles including traditional events.