local boat builders

the real taste of zanzibar

local food

just relax

fishing boats at low tide

cows run free in the village

a fisherman returns

The Weather and Climate on Zanzibar

One of the most notable aspects of East Africa is the warm, comfortable weather that is consistent year round. Zanzibar is located close to the equator, so the tropical climate creates an endless summer. In addition, the coastal location produces cooling sea breezes that make the climate perfectly enjoyable – make sure to bring some shoes with strong soles for walking in the ocean as there can be the occassional piece of coral and sea urchins.

The region enjoys 7-8 hours of sunshine every day so when you add the glorious waters of the Indian Ocean and beautiful beaches you can clearly see why Zanzibar is such an ideal international tourist attraction, no matter what the season. When you come over, don’t forget the factor 50 sun cream and drink plenty of water! The sun is especially strong at the equator and it is not uncommon for fair skinned people to burn within 15 minutes in the midday sun.

The Zanzibar hotels have a different look and feel than in other tourist locations, due to the consistent weather conditions. They often use tropical themes and scenery to create a lush, seaside atmosphere that is uninterrupted by seasonal changes. This kind of climate ensures more beautiful and culturally relevant accommodation for your stay, making a holiday to Zanzibar a fully enriching experience.

Being Green

At The Zanzibari we understand the importance of protecting the environment and supporting local businesses. Our eco friendly initiatives and support for local business is detailed below:

Solar Heated Water

The great thing about Zanzibar is year round sunshine and we  take advantage of this by using solar water heaters in the hotel.

So when you’re having a refreshing shower at night, you can do so safe in the knowledge that your hot water was provided without damaging the environment.

Recycling Waste Water

Water is a precious commodity on Zanzibar and it’s important that we don’t waste it. All waste water is stored in a 10,000 litre drum and is used to water the garden.

In addition, we collect rain water runoff in the same drum to make our water credentials even greener.

Locally Grown Fruit, Vegetables and Spices

Zanzibar is renowned for its spices, but it also has a wide variety of seasonal fruits, from mangos, bananas and pineapples, to papaws and coconuts. While staying at
the Zanzibari you will get to taste the delicious fruits which will have been picked the same day on the island. And unlike fruit you may buy in the supermarkets back home, there are no chemicals or preservatives used to keep
the fruit looking fresh so you will rediscover the mouth watering taste of fruit as it should be!

Locally sourced produce on Zanzibar

Fish is part of the staple diet for the indigenous people of Zanzibar and provides a sustainable income to local fishermen (and women). At low tide you will see fishermen walking out towards the edge of the coral reef to catch a wide variety of sea food including octopus, red snapper, dorego and king fish.At sunset you will see the white sales of Dhows heading out into the Indian Ocean to catch Tuna, Mackerel and other larger fish.

All the fish and sea food that is served at The Zanzibari is bought at the local fish market and will have been caught the same day – it doesn’t get much fresher than that! The combination of fresh fish, Zanzibar spices and our experienced chef results in an explosion of flavour which will delight your senses.

Flora and Fauna of Zanzibar

We have our own fruit trees and herbs, and have planted indigenous trees, shrubs and bushes to provide a habitat for the local wildlife. Over time these plants will grow into a miniature forest providing you with ample amounts of shade to escape the midday sun and also encourage local bird species to flourish. Lilac Breasted Rollers are a regular
sight at The Zanzibari as well as a number of different species of Sun Birds and butterflies.

The flowers that bloom on the indigenous plants are spectacular and provide a scent which sometimes flows through the hotel – combined with the fresh air from the ocean it makes for an experience in its own right. We use the leaves and flowers to decorate the rooms and to
provide a centrepiece for the candlelit tables during your evening meal.

The owner of The Zanzibari views planting gardens as a way to leave something positive behind for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Planting Baobab trees encapsulates this vision as they can live for thousands of years, so hopefully countless generations will enjoy their presence!

Supporting the community

As a hotel moving into an established community it is important that we respect the local culture and try and support it whenever possible. We purchase food and supplies from individuals and local businesses employ staff from the surrounding area.

In addition, we encourage our guests to visit the local village to learn more about a unique way of life. Tourism brings in a new source of income for the local population which allows them to diversify and learn new skills which can help in their day to day life.