Geography of Zanzibar

Geography of Zanzibar
Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, 6° south of the equator and 36 km from the Tanzanian mainland coast, It is 108 km long and 32 km wide with an area of 2,461 km2 (950 sq mi).
Zanzibar is mainly low lying, its highest point is 120 metres. It is in the UTC +3 time zone, and does not use Daylight Saving Time. Zanzibar is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity.

The heat of summer is seasonally often cooled by windy conditions, resulting in sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively.

Rains occur in November but are characterised by short showers which do not last long. Longer rains normally occur in April and May although this is often referred to as the 'Green Season', and it typically does not rain every day during that time.

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