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6 Travel safety tips for Zanzibar – Guidelines for staying safe on a vacation

Known for its amazing beaches, Zanzibar is an island in Tanzania. The island is popular with surfers and those who adore white sandy beaches. A holiday in Zanzibar is a tropical dream.


Is Zanzibar safe for tourists?

Yes, it is quite safe for travellers. In fact, Zanzibar is one of the safest African destinations, even if you are a solo female traveller. The island is part of Tanzania, which is one of the stable African countries. Locals are friendly and welcoming enough. The island also has an excellent infrastructure that makes it easier for tourists. Zanzibar Beach Resort has every comfort a tourist is looking for. The Residence Zanzibar is an example of Zanzibar accommodation. Choosing the right accommodation is something you need to do in order to feel safe when in a strange land.


Beware of pickpockets

The island isn't exactly a wealthy place. The rise of tourism may have given some people the opportunity to make a quick buck through pickpocketing. Therefore, you should do everything you can to safeguard your belongings. Carrying around your valuables isn't a good idea; keep them safe in your hotel room, and make sure that you lock your room when heading out.


Dress modestly

The island is somewhat conservative, and locals respect Islamic values. A woman wearing clothes that expose her arms and legs is not a welcoming sight here. You might be subjected to catcalling and harassment, so make sure you cover yourself well when out in public.


Don't walk around in the evening

Do all your sightseeing when there's light and make sure you are safely tucked away in the hotel room in the evening. Even though Zanzibar is safe compared to other African destinations, it is not safe to walk around in the dark.


Swimming in the sea

This is a safe destination for swimming; the island is a popular spot for water sports like diving and snorkelling as well. Conditions differ from beach to beach, but most Zanzibar beaches are suited to swimming.


Are there sharks?

Yes, you'll find sharks here, but they are harmless. Reef sharks and whale sharks pose no threat, but there have been some sightings of great white sharks, but there are no reports of shark attacks. Even though this is the case, make sure you speak to a local or a tour to find the safest spot for swimming.


Is Stone Town Safe?

It is safe as long as you adhere to safety precautions. For example, roaming around in the alleyways after dark invites danger, whether you are a man or a woman. When it comes to taxis, some vehicles aren't registered, so you should only take the taxis recommended by a tour guide or a trusted local. If you are worried about your safety, you can speak to your hotel and get an escort to walk around with you. Don't wear any jewellery or fine clothes; basically, you shouldn't do anything that attracts too much attention.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit the island occurs from mid-winter to mid-summer; this period constitutes Zanzibar's dry months. Even if you visit the island during winter, the temperatures are going to be quite high. June to September and October are the best months to visit Zanzibar. If you don't take well to the heat, choose the period between mid-winter and spring.


Best time for scuba diving

The island sees two scuba diving seasons, and they occur from February to April and July to August. However, April is the wettest month, and it is not the best month to visit if sightseeing is your intention.