5 Things About Zanzibar’s Culture You Should Know Before Your Visit
With pristine beaches, adventurous watersports activities, beautiful architecture, rich culture and delicious seafood, Zanzibar is a must-visit island!
However, before you visit any place, it’s important to know about the local culture so that you can be respectful of the locals and have a great time, simultaneously.
Here are 5 things about Zanzibar’s culture you should know before your visit:
Tourists who wear inappropriate clothing might also be fined according to the new laws of the island. It’s best to stay safe and respect the local culture!
In Zanzibar, tipping is expected of everyone. It’s an unsaid local tradition that you need to tip those who provide service to you. Plus, you should be happy to do so because the locals never fail at making you feet at home and go out of their way to ensure that you have a great time.
In Zanzibar, it’s a good idea to greet people, even if you don’t know them. It’s a great idea to learn some basic Swahili greetings before you head over to Zanzibar. A lot of people will greet you too and it would be rude not to greet them back. Here are a few Swahili phrases you should learn:
Jambo – Hello
Hakuna Matata – no worries
Assalam-o-alaikum – May peace be with you – it’s a greeting
Asante – thank you
Karibu – Welcome
Zanzibar is home to a Muslim majority so the locals don’t drink alcohol. If you’re out at a bar with a local friend or guide, make sure you respect their religion and don’t force them to drink alcohol. It’s easily available at bars to facilitate tourists, though.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Zanzibar and have a great time! Just make sure to follow these 5 cultural/traditional/religious rules and you’re good to go.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Guide to Air Travel in Tanzania.